Very. Rev. Ernesto Obregon

Father Ernesto Obregón is a semi-retired priest of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. He is also a Certified Clinical Chaplain by the National Association of VA Chaplains. Prior to his conversion to Orthodoxy, he was an Anglican (Episcopal) priest who served many years as a missionary in South America. He returned to the USA after serving several years as the Regional Director of the southern Perú region. He graduated from seminary over 40 years ago and brings that experience to his current endeavors. His interest in chaplaincy comes from having been drafted as an older teenager during the time of the Vietnam War.


His wife, Khouria Denise, serves as the administrative assistant for a Greek Orthodox cathedral in the Metropolis of Atlanta. Together they raised three daughters, all of whom are now Orthodox, as well as being fully bilingual Spanish/English. They have a surfeit of grandchildren, a total of 10. Kh. Denise is also a certified Medical Technologist, though she is not currently practicing.


Fr. Ernesto was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood by His Grace Bishop Antoun of Blessed Memory.


Educational Background

  • B.S.(Medical Technology), Kent State University

  • Post-baccalaureate certification in Blood Banking (SBB)

  • M.A. (2-year), Ashland Theological Seminary

  • M.A. (Philosophy), Cleveland State University

  • M.S., Florida Institute of Technology

  • D.Min. (ABD), Ashland Theological Seminary

  • Current Ph.D. student at the Antiochian House of Studies

Current Projects and Research Interests

  • Researching veterans' responses to PTSD

  • Affiliated with ministry to combat veterans and first responders

Prior teaching experience

  • Adjunct Professor of Medical Technology, Brevard Community College

  • Adjunct Professor of World Religions, Florida Institute of Technology