Michael Howard Vawter is a married layman with children in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. At one time he served on the parish council of Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland, California. The cathedral belongs to the Metropolis of San Francisco.
In 2011 Vawter was sentenced to 51 months in prison for possessing child pornography. He also paid a $12,500 fine, as well as $1,500