Panelist

V. Rev. Fr. Isaac Crow

Ss. Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church
Potomac, Maryland

Fr. Isaac Crow has served as a priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America for twenty-seven years. He is currently the presiding priest at Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Potomac, Maryland. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the youngest child of an American father and Lebanese mother. His undergraduate and graduate studies were undertaken at the American University of Beirut in the fields of anthropology, religious studies, and Middle East history.

Fr. Isaac has lived for over thirty-two years in Lebanon and the Middle East and has traveled extensively in the region visiting Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, and Iran. From 1976-1978, he taught at the University of Isfahan in Iran. In Beirut, he worked as a translator and documentalist for the Middle East Council of Churches. Following an encounter with Metropolitan Georges (Khodr), the Antiochian Bishop of Mt. Lebanon, he began to study Orthodox theology and became involved in the Antiochian Orthodox Youth Movement.

In 1982, he entered the Balamand Patriarchal Seminary (The St. John of Damascus Orthodox Institute of Theology) as a student of the Diocese of Mt. Lebanon. He graduated in 1987 and remained at the Balamand following the completion of his theological studies serving for three years as the Librarian of the Institute. In 1989, at the height of the Lebanese Civil War, Fr. Isaac was received into the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America and ordained to the priesthood on September 10, 1989. He has served parishes in Montreal, Canada; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Providence, Rhode Island.

Fr. Isaac has pursued post-graduate work in the field of early Christian Studies, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Alongside of his pastoral ministry, his interests include: the writings of the Christian Church fathers, Eastern Christian liturgical art, the study of theological anthropology and contemporary culture; Syro-Byzantine music, Christian ecology, and inter-faith dialogue (particularly Christian Muslim relations).

He is married to Dolly Shwayri, a native of North Lebanon. They are parents of Basil Crow.