Bio

Short Version:

Elissa Bjeletich is an author and podcaster who loves Orthodox youth and family ministry work. She works on curriculum projects, teaches Sunday school, and volunteers 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 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.