Father Michael Fanous was born in Newark, New Jersey. He Earned a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and completed his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. His Grace Bishop Serapion ordained him as Full Deacon on March 1, 2013. On March 3, 2013, His Grace Bishop Serapion and His Grace Bishop Youssef, Bishop of the Diocese of the Southern United States ordained him as Presbyter to serve at St. Mary Magdalene Coptic Orthodox Church in Palm Desert, California. In 2017, Father Michael began to serve at St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church in Irvine, California.