On May 29, Archbishop Evgeny of Verey was elected as the new primate of the Estonian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
He was born on October 9, 1957 in Kazakhstan. He graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy in 1987 with the thesis “Pastoral Care in the Russian Church in the Tenth-Thirteenth Centuries.”
He has been a monk and a hieromonk for over thirty years. He becam archimandrite in 1989 and served as the deputy rector and inspector of the Moscow Theological Seminary. He was Chairman of the Russian Church’s Educational Committee since 1994. The same year, he was consecrated as the Bishop of Verey.
He is a member of many groups and councils, including the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission, the Synodal Commission for Canonizations, and the Coordination Center for the Development of the Theological Sciences in the Russian Orthodox Church.
Before the election, he served as a vicar of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and as the rector of the Moscow theological schools.