His Eminence Archbishop Melchisedeck of America was born and raised in Birzeit, Palestine. Son of Raid and Nuha Abed and the second Child of five Children. Moved with his family to the US in 1992. completed his High School in 1997 from Jonathan Law in Milford Ct. and graduated from Notre Dame University South Bend, Indiana with BS and BA and received his MS from Attanio University and finished his doctorates from American Catholic University in Clinical Physiologist. He was Ordained a deacon on July 7, 2015 by the
hand of Metropolitan Hilrion of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia as a Deacon at the Cathedral Church of Saint John's in Mayfield, Pennsylvania and was elevated to the dignity of the Priesthood of Christ at Saint John's Cathedral Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in Washington, DC by Metropolitan Jonah on August 17, 2015. Archbishop Melchisedeck was raised to the Episcopal Office by the Greek Orthodox Church of Greece on May, 8, 2016 by the hands of Metropolitan Angelos and was enthroned as the First Archbishop of the Palestinian Orthodox Church Archdiocese of North America. Archbishop Melchisedeck is the CEO of the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel and the United Airline National Crew Monument in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Archbishop's vision for the Church is to continue to spread the Gospel to the ends of the world and to provide a home Church for members from the Middle East to call home in America.