Bishop Theodore of Mopsuestia/Yakapınar (AD 350-428)

Theodore was born into a prominent family in Antioch (modern Antakya), around 350. Along with his close friend John Chrysostom, he devoted himself to a consecrated spiritual life in Antioch’s theological school of Diodorus, and was ordained an elder. Leaving Antioch, he joined his teacher Diodorus, who had become the bishop of Tarsus. After serving in Tarsus, Theodore became the bishop of Mopsuestia (modern Yakapınar, near Adana) and served for thirty-six years, from 392 to 428. He remained a close friend and supporter of John Chrysostom. Theodore died around 428.