Brian Crivella

My degree program: M.Div.


My home: Mt. Pleasant, PA


My home parish: Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, Mentor, OH


 My background: 

Before coming to St. Vladimir's I spent the past seven and a half years as an active duty member of the United States Coast Guard. During that time I had many exciting adventures performing "Search and Rescue" missions on Lake Michigan, patrolling around the Caribbean Sea to catch drug smugglers and human traffickers, and then finally finishing out my career by handling all the logistics and budget at a "Small-boat Search and Rescue" station in Fairport, Ohio.

What brought me to seminary: 

I've wanted to attend a seminary since I was eight years old.  While serving with the Coast Guard in Fairport, Ohio, my wife and three children joined me in the Orthodox faith, and shortly thereafter the Officer in Charge researched the "Post 9/11 GI Bill" and Orthodox seminaries in the United States. I was surprised when he put me in touch with an Education Service Officer, who revealed to me that my GI Bill benefits would provide for me to attend St. Vladimir's.

Why I chose St. Vladimir’s: 

When I was stationed in Ohio, my priest (and St. Vladimir's alumnus) Fr. Andrew introduced me to Ancient Faith Radio. My wife and I quickly fell in love with Fr. Thomas Hopko's podcasts and soon also began to be edified by books written by Fr. Alexander Schmemann. When I saw the type of men and women who have come from St. Vladimir's, I knew that if I had the opportunity it would be the seminary that I would want to attend.