Wadie is a seminarian at the Virginia Theological Seminary in the class of 2017. He comes from the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, which includes Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. His home is in Amman, Jordan, and his sending parish is the Church of the Redeemer in Amman.
In Wadie’s culture, the norm is that you will live in your parents’ home until you are married, so prior to coming to the US, Wadie lived with his parents, his sister Dima, who is studying to become a veterinarian, his brother William, who is in the third grade, and their two cats, Vicky and Mickey. He enjoys scuba diving, and is also a gamer. If you do not know what that is, you should ask someone from the youth group!
Before discerning his call to ordained ministry, Wadie received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, which is located in Irbid, a city in the North of Jordan. Then he worked as an electrical design engineer on many exciting projects from villas and small boat storage facilities to hospitals. During both his studies and work, Wadie volunteered at his home parish as a Sunday school teacher and a youth leader.
Wadie is very excited to join the St. C’s family, and is certain that the next two years will provide many wonderful learning opportunities. He is so grateful for the warm welcome that he has experienced at St. C’s, and looks forward to serving the community and growing in God’s work in this place.