Rev. George Silides | Rector
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Our rector hails originally from Fairbanks, Alaska where his Scottish great-grandparents were in the gold fields of the Klondike before the famous gold strikes of 1897-98. He comes from hardy stock, as his mother and uncle were both born in house-tents on the creeks of the Klondike in the 1920’s. His father, George Sr. was an adventuring Greek Civil Engineer when he met Ruth Ogburn in Fairbanks in 1950. George Jr. is the middle child of five siblings, all except he living in the West and farther West—his sister Mary still resides with her husband and children in their hometown of Fairbanks. George is married to the Rev. Hunter Silides, Chaplain to Canterbury School in Greensboro, with whom he enjoys the parenting of four children, two boys and two girls. In 32 years of ordained ministry, Rev. Silides has worked as Urban Missioner in Camden, N.J., parish priest in San Mateo, CA., School Chaplain in Oakland, CA., Appointed Indigenous Missionary in Alaska, parish priest in Claremont, CA., and now our rector here in Burlington. Rev. Silides most recently was honored as one of the founders of Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program, an innovative all-volunteer “Advocate-Participant” model of holistic mentoring and support of those seeking a path away from homelessness to sustainable housing. He loves reading, his family, Jesus, messing around in boats, and exploring the craft beer culture of N.C.
George is from Fairbanks, AK. Grandson of gold-miners, son of Greek father and Scottish mother.
B.A. Education, University of Arizona 1977
M.Div. The General Theological Seminary 1986
32 years ordained ministry in Camden, N.J., San Mateo, CA., Oakland, CA., Ft. Yukon and Juneau Alaska, Claremont, CA. and Burlington, N.C.
Life-long advocacy for rights and justice for the marginalized; including death penalty reform, support of indigenous peoples, racial equality and creative solutions to homelessness and unemployment.