Biography of Dr. Stefanie Yazge
Stefanie Yazge was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, growing up in the parish of the Presentation of Our Lord, in the Romanian Episcopate of the OCA. She is the daughter of the late Protodeacon Paul and Silvia Yova. Her sister Valerie is now the parish administrator and director of music at St. Athanasius Orthodox Church in Goleta, California, and her brother Gregory is the founder of Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage.
Married to Fr. Anthony Yazge, they live in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and Fr. Anthony is the Chair of Dept. of Camping for the Antiochian Archdiocese (and its 8 camps), and the Director of the Antiochian Village Camp. They have three children, Matthew, Mark and Alexis.
Her education includes a Bachelor's degree from Miami (Ohio) University, the Master of Arts degree from St. Vladimir's Seminary, and a Doctorate from Union Institute & University (Cincinnati) in 2012. Dr. Yazge teaches theology at Seton Hill University and St. Vincent College, after ten years on the faculty of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. She has written a number of articles, and has a chapter on St. Paula and the order of Widows in Vol. 2 of Encountering Women of Faith. Dr. Yazge has also done numerous presentations, including the Mother Alexandra Memorial Lecture at the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, at the Virginia Festival of the Book, and the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California. Kh. Stefanie is also the Committee Coordinator for the annual Pan-Orthodox Clergy Wives Weekend held at the Antiochian Village. She is also the choir director at St. Michael's parish in Greensburg.
In her free time, she loves tending a garden, trying new recipes, and watching sports with Fr. Anthony and friends.