Fr. James Purdie was born and raised outside of Rochester, NY. He and his wife Kh. Kelly met during undergraduate at Muskingum University where he majored in Religion/Philosophy. It was then that he began to make plans for attending seminary
Following graduation, Fr. James attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Fr. James and Kh. Kelly were married just prior to the beginning of his second year of seminary. Shortly thereafter he and wife began to question the Presbyterian (PCUSA) church’s theology and moral teaching, as well as those of Protestantism in general. After much study and consideration they concluded that the Orthodox Church is the fullness of the faith and God’s One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church.
During his third and final year (2007) of seminary Fr. James and Khouria were received into the Orthodox Church at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh. Shortly after they welcomed their first child Jude into the world, born March 6, 2007. Upon graduation he began to assist Fr. John Abdalah, now Bp. JOHN, at the Cathedral while being a stay at home dad. On Nativity of ’07 he was made a sub-deacon by his grace, Bp. THOMAS.
In July of ’08 Fr. James and his wife welcomed their second child, Lillia, into the world. Shortly thereafter they purchased their first home and on the Feast of the Transfiguration ’09 sub-deacon James was ordained to the Diaconate by his grace, Bp. THOMAS.
The following year, Fr. James completed the St. Stephen’s Course and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on the Feast of the Dormition. Since that time he served as Assistant Priest at St. George. His family was blessed one more time during the fall of 2011 with their third child, Dean. In 2012 he received his Master’s of Applied Theology from the University of Balamand, Lebanon and the Antiochian House of Studies. During that same year he was assigned to St. Basil the Great.
Fr. James enjoys spending time with his family, reading, working out in the lawn, and soccer. He and his family are blessed to be serving at St. Basil’s, and look forward to the great things God will do there.