David Mitchell James studied French, Russian and Greek at McGill University, from which he received a B.A. in Byzantine & Eastern European History in 1971. He was received into Orthodoxy on Lazarus Saturday 1969 at SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Montreal by the V. Rev. George Benigsen. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army, where he studied Slovene at the Defense Language Institute and worked as a translator. He lived for many years in Rye, NH, and was a founding member of St. Xenia Orthodox Church in Methuen, MA. He has since retired to his native Maine.