The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, has elected Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa as the new Archbishop of America, following the resignation of Archbishop Dimitrios Trakatellis.
The Metropolitan of Bursa was born in Istanbul in 1967. He attended the Urban School of Makrochori, Istanbul and completed his basic education in Thessaloniki, Greece. He later attended the 1st High School of Kallithea, Athens and he successfully took entrance examinations for the School of Pastoral and Social Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in academic year 1987 – 1988.
In 1991, he graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and was then admitted as a graduate student in The School of Byzantine Literature at the University of Bonn in Germany and completed his postgraduate studies in 1993.
In April 1994 he was ordained a deacon at the Ecumenical Patriarchate and named “Elpidoforos”.
He was ordained on the 20th of March 2005 by His All Holiness, Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch and was awarded the title of Archimandrite of the Great Church of Christ.
In 2011, he received consecration to Bishop of Bursa.