Conversion of Timothy by Apostle Paul
Saints and Disciples in Ephesus

Saint Timothy in Ephesus

Paul’s companions were numerous and Saint Timothy might be the most known of them. Paul writes to Saint Timothy;

To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Timothy 1:2
Saint Timothy in Ephesus
Saint Timothy in Ephesus

Saint Timothy was from Asia Minor, he was a native of Lystra or Derbe in the central Anatolia. Parents of Timothy were Jewish. His mother was a true believer as it was said by Paul but his father was a Hellenized Jew who was thought a heathen.

After becoming a Christian during Paul’s second journey, Saint Timothy started his own missionary journeys and eventually he met Apostle Paul, Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth and joined them on the way to Ephesus.

A Painting of Saint Timothy in Menologion of Basil II
A Painting of Saint Timothy in Menologion of Basil II

Apostle Paul had to leave Ephesus because of the riot of silversmiths against him. Saint Timothy left Ephesus with Paul. Following the arrest of Paul in Rome, Saint Paul was sent back to Ephesus. Paul wrote to Saint Timothy;

….stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer….

1 Timothy 1
Saint Timothy and Apostle Paul at the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus

Saint Timothy remained in Ephesus, and he eventually became the bishop of Ephesus. Timothy passed away in Ephesus. His remains were taken to Constantinople from Ephesus in the fourth century. Crusaders who occupied Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1239 took Saint Timothy’s remains to the Termoli Cathedral in Italy.