Father Milutin was born on May 14, 1980 in Banja Luka, formerly in Yugoslavia, which is today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina. He completed studies at Saint Sava Seminary in Belgrade in 2000. He continued his higher education at the Orthodox Theological Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, graduating with a B.A. and honors, in Orthodox Christian Studies.

In 2009, Father earned an M.A. in Religious Studies and at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California. In May 2015, he earned a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies. He has received scholarships from the GTU, Studenica Foundation in San Rafael, California, and Keston Institute in Oxford, England.

During Father’s graduate study years, he has been a lecturer in introductory and advanced courses in the Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian languages. As a teaching assistant, he has led seminars on the history and theology of the Orthodox Christian Church and the Orthodox Christian biblical approach to various contemporary issues.

He is fluent in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Russian and English. He is proficient in both Church Slavonic and Greek. He also reads Classic Greek and Latin. Father has used his language skills in translation services and private lessons.

Father has traveled far and wide to make presentations to the American Association of Teachers of Slavonic and East European Languages in Chicago, Illinois, the American Comparative Literature Association in Toronto, Canada, to Serbian Orthodox theologians in Belgrade and the Shevchenko Pedagogical University of Chernigov in Ukraine.

On April 13, 2014, with the blessing of Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand (Serbian Orthodox Church), Fr. Milutin was ordained into the Holy Diaconate at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose, California by His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles, Director of Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI). With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, Fr. Milutin served as a deacon in the Metropolis of San Francisco.

On September 7, 2014, Father Milutin was ordained in the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas. From October 1, 2014 until the present, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, Father Milutin serves as the Visitor Priest at Prophet Elias, his first parish. He is married to Presbytera Josefina Janjic, a Ph.D. student in the Department of the Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley. Their son is named Novak Raoul, who was baptized at Prophet Elias on January 24, 2015 by Metropolitan Nikitas with clergymen, our community and grandfather Novak in attendance. The new addition to their family is a daughter, Linnea Emilia, who was born Monday, July 3, 2017 and baptized at Prophet Elias on September 23, 2017 by Metropolitan Nikitas with clergymen and our community in attendance.

Our community is joyful to have Father Milutin, Presbytera Josefina, Novak Raoul and Linnea Emilia in our Parish.
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