V. Revd. Archpriest Josiah Trenham, Ph.D. (Lecturer)
Archpriest Josiah Trenham is a lecturer for the Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Orthodox Institute, bringing dynamic pastoral experience and extensive scholarly credentials to students during symposia lectures.
Father Josiah received his primary and secondary education at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada-Flintridge graduating in 1985. In 1989 he received his B.A. in Social Science/History from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, where his senior thesis was on the famous American theologian and revivalist, the Reverend Jonathan Edwards. He received his M.Div. in 1992 from Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, CA, having also studied at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, and Orlando, FL under the Reformed theologians Drs. R.C. Sproul, John Gerstner, and John Frame. In 2004 he received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Durham, England, where he studied under the tutelage of the well-known Orthodox Christian professor of patristics, Father Andrew Louth. Father Josiah’s doctoral dissertation was entitled Marriage and Virginity according to St. John Chrysostom.
Father Josiah continues his academic pursuits in the midst of his pastoral work. His dissertation is under contract for publication by St. Herman Press under the title Terrestrial Angels: Marriage and Virginity according to St. John Chrysostom. A popularization and topical expansion of the dissertation is planned by the same press under the title God’s Gifts: Marriage, Monasticism and Sexuality according to the Patristic Tradition. Since 2004, Father Josiah has served as Adjunct Professor of History at California Baptist University (Riverside, CA) where he teaches several courses each year including “The Cross and the Crescent: Christianity and Islam, and The History of California”. Father Josiah also participates in yearly academic forums and symposia, and conducts numerous parish retreats each year throughout the United States and Canada. He is a member of the Orthodox Theological Society of America.
Personal and Pastoral Work
Fr Josiah was born in Glendale, CA, on October 6th, 1967. He is the only son and youngest of two children born of Noble and Leigh Trenham. In the midst of his years at Westmont College he met and married Catherine Christy of Mt. Shasta, CA, on May 22nd, 1988. From their happy union have been born nine children, six boys and three girls: Chad, Aidan, Victoria, Anastasia, Basil, Cassian, Luke, Garet, and Olivia.
In 1993 Fr Josiah was ordained to the holy priesthood of the Orthodox Church by His Grace, Bishop Basil (Essey), Bishop of Wichita and Mid-America of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in the Patriarchate of Antioch. From 1994-1996 Father Josiah served as assistant pastor at St. Athanasius Orthodox Christian Church, Santa Barbara, CA. In 1997 Father Josiah served as resident priest at Project Mexico’s St. Innocent Orthodox Orphanage in Rosarito, Baja California, living in Mexico with his family. From 1998 until the present Father Josiah has been pastor of St. Andrew Orthodox Christian Church, Riverside, CA. In December 2003 Father Josiah was elevated to the dignity of Archpriest by His Grace, Bishop Joseph (Al-Zehlaoui), Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.