Very Rev. Fr. Dr. David Subu grew up in Troy, MI, a suburb of
Detroit. He received a Bachelor of Arts (1993) and a Master of Arts
(1997) in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, Michigan. His graduate research and thesis focused on the
Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery in Rives Junction, MI,
which opened his heart and compelled him to follow his calling in
seminary. He completed his theological studies at St. Tikhon’s Seminary,
South Canaan, PA, and received a Master of Divinity degree (2000).
During his seminary years he served a two-year internship with the
Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Orthodox Church of
America. In 2018 he completed a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from St.
Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwod, NY with the Project
"Repent and Recover: Addiction Recovery and Traditional Christian
Ascetic principles for pastors and Their Parishioners."
In 2000 he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Nathaniel (Popp) of
the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America at his family’s home parish
of Sts. Peter and Paul in Dearborn Hts., MI. He was then assigned to the
parish of Holy Cross in Hermitage, PA where he served joyfully until
the end of 2005. In 2006, a new chapter of his family’s life began as
they moved to Northern Virginia for Father’s new assignment at The
Protection of the Holy Mother of God Parish (a.ka. St. Mary) in Falls
Fr. David continues to be involved in ministry to young people on a diocesan and national level. He has co-authored the on-line OCF Starter Kit with Rev. Fr. Michael Anderson, as well as a number of articles in The Orthodox Church news magazine, youth ministry programs for The Hub, and two articles with Fr. Benjamin Tucci in the OCA Resource Handbook, and articles in The Orthodox Church and Solia. He also has participated in mission trips to Project Mexico and Hogar Raphael Ayau (Guatemala) and Romania with Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s Real Break and National AROY. He served on the Romanian Epicopate's Episcopate Council and as Director of Department of Religious Education, and continues to serve as an anchor teacher and assitant director at Camp Vatra. He is co-founder of Doxacon, the first ever Christian science-fiction/fantasy conference/convention.
In 1997, Fr. David married the love of his life, Preoteasa Stephanie. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Teaching from Western Michigan University, minoring in Art History and Comparative Religion. They have been blessed with three children. Preoteasa has served in the education field in various capacities, including former assistant headmaster of Orthodox Christian Academies of Northeast Ohio (Warren, Ohio campus). She currently works as a Database administrator and IT support for a large local non-profit and supports the parish with her skills in this regard as well.