Philip Mamalakis, PhD

Associate Professor of Pastoral Care

  • BS: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MDiv: Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
  • PhD: Purdue University

Philip Mamalakis teaches the two core courses in Pastoral Care in addition to electives in pastoral counseling, grief, death and dying, marriage and family, and pastoral care and mental health. His professional interests are in Orthodox pastoral care, marriage and family, and the interface between contemporary mental health research, theory and practice and Orthodox theology. He has published articles on a number of topics including Orthodox marriage and marital counseling, therapists in congregations, working with couples recovering from infidelity, domestic violence, and the role of the therapist in pastoral care. He has just published, with Fr. Charles Joanides, a new edition of the marriage preparation program for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, The Journey of Marriage, (GOA, 2022). He is the author of Ancient Faith Publishing’s best selling Orthodox parenting book, Parenting Toward the Kingdom (2016) which has been translated into Greek, Russian, Romanian, Estonian, and German. He is a sought after speaker and guest on podcasts and offers retreats and seminars on a wide variety of topics related to Orthodoxy and pastoral care, mental health, clergy wellness, counseling, marriage and family life, and relationships.

He is the founding Vice-Chair of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of America’s Mental Health Task Force and mental health ministries and the former President of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (



Philip Mamalakis, Parenting Toward the Kingdom: Orthodox Christian Principles of Child-Rearing (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2016) Click here to purchase