Fr. David Milad was born in Chicago Illinois in 1980 to Milad and Nagwa. He is one of three siblings, holding firmly the very coveted middle child position in the family. He has an older brother named Tamer and a younger sister named Sally. While living most of his childhood in the suburbs of Chicago Fr. David was also blessed with the opportunity to live in a handful of different places while growing up. During his childhood he grew up at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox church of Burr Ridge, IL. After graduating high school in 1998 he attended Hope College in Holland Michigan. In 2002 he graduating with a Bachelors of Arts he moved to Arizona to attend medical school from 2002-2006. After medical school started his internal medicine residency in Washington DC and completed it in 2009.
Fr. David and his wife Sarah were married in July of 2004. They have two great children, Elijah and Ava. As a family they love music, laughing, hiking, traveling, biking and of course football!
In 2010, Fr. David was ordained and for the first 3 years of his priesthood served at St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church of Savage Maryland. Through an indispensable series of life altering events God lead Fr. David to serve as a general priest in October 2013. The next two years were both the darkest yet most transformational and life giving years of his life.
In September of 2015 Fr. David started serving at St. Barnabas & St. Susanna Coptic Orthodox Church of Baltimore Maryland. St. Barnabas & St. Susanna is a community grounded in the apostolic faith, focused on personal transformation in hopes that the message of the gospel would be shared through our lives and not just our words.
Pastoral Assistant - Peter Mansour
Peter Mansour is the Pastoral Assistant of St. Barnabas & St. Susanna Coptic Orthodox Church, focusing his work in the areas of young adult ministry, Christian education, and liturgical development. Peter’s passion lies in helping people find Christ through His Church by making Orthodoxy accessible and understandable.
Peter was born on Long Island, NY. Taking an interest in the rites of the Church and the writings of the Church Fathers at a young age, he was encouraged to formally study Orthodox theology and church history. Consequently, he attained his BA from the University of Maryland in History with a focus on the First Temple Period and Early Christianity along with a Minor in Religious Studies.
Wanting to get a strong basis in Orthodox Christianity, he began the Masters of Arts (MA) in Orthodox Theological Studies at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NY, where his focus was in Liturgical Theology (2014-2016). His Honors thesis, “Restoring Diakonia: Looking to the Past and Proposing a Future for the Deacon's Ministry in the Coptic Orthodox Church,” was an extensive study on the diaconate in the Coptic Orthodox Church, seeking to understand the role of the [full] deacon throughout history and to suggest a revived diaconate for our modern world.
Peter served in the Diocese of New York & New England under the guidance of HG Bishop David from 2016-2017, focusing his efforts on young adult ministry and Christian education. In September 2017, he married his best friend Sandra and relocated to Maryland to begin serving at St. Barnabas & St. Susanna Coptic Orthodox Church in Baltimore, MD.
In his free time, Peter loves to bake bread, try new foods with friends, and research Orthodox Christian liturgical vesture.
Our Church Board Members are (from left to right) Mr. John Eskandar, Fr. David, Dr. Marie Hanna, and Mr. Wael Salib, who is the Treasurer of the Board.