Bio

Short Version:

Elissa Bjeletich is raising five daughters just outside of Austin, Texas. She is an author and podcaster, and loves Orthodox youth and family ministry work, including working on curriculum projects, directing and teaching Sunday school, and volunteering at summer camps.

Long Version:

Elissa Bjeletich hosts three popular Ancient Faith Radio podcasts: Raising Saints, Everyday Orthodox, and together with Kristina Wenger, Tending the Garden of Our Hearts. She is the co-author of Tending the Garden of Our Hearts: Daily Lenten Meditations for Families (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019) and also of Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2016). She is the author of Welcoming the Christ Child: Family Readings for the Nativity Lent (Sebastian Press, 2017), and In God’s Hands: A Mother’s Journey through Her Infant’s Critical Illness (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2013).

Elissa has five daughters and a son who reposed in 2005. She is active in Orthodox youth and family ministries, directing and teaching Sunday school at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church and volunteering at summer and family camps, and has contributed to several national curriculum projects. She sits on the Advisory Board of Youth Equipped to Serve (YES), a ministry of FOCUS North America.