Meliton (Karas) of Philadelphia
His Eminence the Most Reverend Meliton (Karas), Metropolitan of Philadelphia (elected 1990), is an Metropolitan of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and serves as the Coordinator of the Secretariats of the Patriarchate. He is also a member of the Holy Synod and the godson of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.
Metr. Meliton was born in Imvros (Gokceada), Turkey, on March 14, 1951. He graduated from the Theological School of Thessaloniki from which he also received his Ph.D. in 1986. He was ordained as deacon in 1974 by his Elder, Meliton, Metropolitan of Chalcedon, and as priest in 1990. He served as Under-Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate from 1984 and as Chief Secretary from 1987 till 2005 when he resigned and he was appointed as the Coordinator of all the Secretariats of the Patriarchate. From 1987 to 1989, he accompanied Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrius on his official visits to other Orthodox churches.