Rev. Dr. Philip LeMasters

Rev. Dr. Philip LeMasters

Professor of Christian Ethics

Father Philip is Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he is also the pastor of St. Luke’s Orthodox Church. Additionally, he is a member of the SVOTS Board of Trustees.

Father Philip is the author of several books in the area of moral theology, most recentlyThe Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity (Cascade Books 2013). He has been an invited participant at recent international Orthodox consultations on peace ethics in Greece, Romania, and Syria. A graduate of Baylor University and Rice University, he holds a Ph.D. in Christian Theology and Ethics from Duke University and an M.A. in Applied Orthodox Theology from the University of Balamand.


Educational Background

  • B.A., Baylor University
  • M.A., Rice University
  • M.A., Balamand University
  • Ph.D., Duke University

Teaching Interests

  • Christian Ethics

Current Projects and Research Interests

My publications and research projects address topics in Christian ethics such as marriage, sexuality, war and peacemaking, bioethics, poverty, and political action. My most recent book, The Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity (Cascade Books, 2014), presents points from my own spiritual journey as an invitation to seekers and inquirers to encounter Orthodoxy. I am working on getting two papers from conference presentations ready for publication. One examines the debate between Aristotle Papanikolaou and Vigen Guroian on their contrasting views of the relationship of Orthodoxy to the modern western political ethos. The other examines the peacemaking praxis of Orthodox Christians in the Middle East in response to persecution and violence. 

Recent Courses Taught at SVOTS


  • “Ministry in a Multi-Faith Context” (Fall 2016)
  • “The Ethics of Marriage, Family, and Sexuality” (Spring 2017)

Selected Publications

  • The Goodness of God’s Creation. (Salisbury, MA: Regina Orthodox Press, 2008)
  • Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Marriage, Family, and Sex. (Minneapolis, MN: Light and Life Publishing Company, 2004)
  • “Latin American Liberation Theology and Eastern Orthodox Social Ethics: Is a Conversation Possible?,” The Wheel 3 (Fall 2015): 11-15.
  • “Philanthropia in Liturgy and Life: The Anaphora of Basil the Great and Eastern Orthodox Social Ethics,” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 59:2 (2015): 187-211.
  • “Orthodox Perspectives on Peace, War, and Violence,” The Ecumenical Review 63/1 (March 2011): 54-61.
  • “A Dynamic Praxis of Peace: Orthodox Social Ethics and Just Peacemaking,” Revista Teologica, 4 (2010): 69-82.