Father Shenouda Roshdy Ghattas was born in Egypt in 1959. He came to California in 1978. He worked as an Electrical Engineer from 1983-1986 and served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at St. Mark Church in Los Angeles for 10 years.
Holiness Pope Shenouda III ordained him a Presbyter on June 7, 1987 in Cairo. He served at St. Mary Church in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1987-1989, and at St. Abraham Church in Long Island, New York from 1989-1991 and at Archangel Michael Church in Ventura from 1991-2005.