His Eminence, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Basilios (Mansour) was born in Mzairaa, Syria, in 1962. He holds a Bachelor of Theology from the St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, Balamand, and a PhD in Theology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. As a priest, he served the parish of St. Andrew in Lattakia. He was ordained a Bishop in 1995 and became the Metropolitan of Akkar’s Vicar in Safita and the Bishop of Tartous and Safita. He was elected a Metropolitan in the year 2008. He is Faculty member of St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology at University of Balamand.