Rev. Dr. Benedict Churchill

The Rev. Dr. Benedict Churchill

Father Benedict received his B.A. from St John's University in Minnesota in 1969, his Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto in 1975, his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1979, and his M.Div. from St Vladimir's Seminary in 2010. He held adjunct positions at Fordham University and New York University, and he worked for Xerox Corporation from 1983 until he retired in 2006. He was ordained to the diaconate in 2009 and to the priesthood in 2010. He does translations of liturgical texts from Greek and Slavonic, and occasionally sets them to monophonic chants. He maintains a website with Slavonic liturgical texts, and he enjoys music and reading. A former SCUBA instructor, he also engages from time to time in non-violent exercise. He lives on campus at St Vladimir's Seminary. 

Education: 
  • St John's University, Minnesota: BA, Humanities, 1969
  • Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto: Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies (History), 1975
  • Istituto Siciliano di Studi Bizantini e Neoellenici, Palermo, Italy: Ospite di Ricerca (Visiting Scholar), 1975-1977.
  • St Vladimir's Seminary: M.Div., 2010
  • University of Toronto: Ph.D., Medieval Studies (History: Byzantine), 1979 
Publications: 

"Per una edizione critica degli Annales Barenses e degli Annales Lupi Protospatharii", in Bollettino del Comitato per la preparazione dell'edizione nazionale dei classici greci e latini, n.s. 27 (Roma: Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 1979): 113-137. 

Teaching Experience: 
  • University of Toronto (1974–5): Teaching Assistant, Latin (taught an intensive introductory course, and functioned as a consultant on things Latin)
  • Fordham University (1979–80): Adjunct Assistant Professor (Latin Prose Literature survey course; Latin Palaeography; Skills for the New Researcher in Medieval Studies—developed curriculum, imparted instruction, evaluated achievement)
  • New York University (1980, 1984): Adjunct Assistant Professor (Medieval Latin survey; History of the Book—developed curriculum, imparted instruction, evaluated achievement)
  • St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (2012-2013): Adjunct Professor of Ancient Christian Languages and Literatures (A series of courses on Issues in Liturgical Translation—developed curriculum, imparted instruction, evaluated achievement)
  • Mac's Sports, Clearwater, Florida, part-time (1998–2007): Advanced Open Water Instructor; taught trainees to survive and function underwater: imparted training, evaluated achievement, issued certifications
  • Xerox Corporation: Imparting training was part of my responsibility as a manager and as an internal consultant 
Church & Professional Activities: 
  • Ordained priest 2010
  • Ordained deacon 2009
  • Tonsured reader 1991
  • Parish Council member, three successive parishes
  • Diocesan Council member, Diocese of New England
  • Diocesan Assembly delegate, Diocese of the South
  • Parish ecclesiarch
  • Parish choir director
  • Translator of liturgical texts from Greek and Slavonic (with occasional monophonic chant settings)
  • Website with Slavonic liturgical texts (orthlib.info)
Other Work Experience: 
  • St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2010 to the present: Editor in Chief
  • Xerox Corporation, 1983–2006: Various locations, titles, and functions, including direct client service, first-level management, second-level management, and internal consulting/training
    • Conducted process management training for line and management personnel in sixteen offices nationwide (Procedure Development, Quality Process Techniques, Meeting Management Skills)
    • Delivered corporate training to line personnel and management staff (Sexual Harassment Awareness, Diversity Awareness, New Employee Orientation)
    • Facilitated Quality Improvement Teams (Interviewing Process, Attendance Process) whose outputs resulted in bottom-line savings
    • Multi-site management responsibility, including hiring/firing and profit-and-loss (90-100 employees; responsible for up to $15M in goods and services)