Matushka Ellen (Yelena) Gvosdev, Ph.D.

Matushka Ellen Gvosdev, Ph.D.
Matushka Ellen Gvosdev, Ph.D.

Matushka Ellen (Yelena) Gvosdev, Ph.D. was an untiring advocate for survivors of sexual abuse in the Orthodox churches. She had a Ph.D. in pastoral practice, with an emphasis on sexual malfeasance in the church, from Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. Matushka died on July 23, 2009, from an aggressive form of cancer.

Matushka Ellen was also the wife of Archpriest Kirrill Gvosdev, who serves at St. Nicholas Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. St. Nicholas is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of the South.