Rev. Ateek is a Palestinian Christian born and raised in Palestine and Israel. At the age of 19, he moved to the United States for his undergraduate studies. He earned his master's of divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a certificate in Anglican studies from Virginian Theological Seminary. He is currently serving as the associate priest at St. James Episcopal Church in South Pasadena, California, where he resides with his wife, Tanory, and their one-year-old son, Naeem. Sari is the son of Naim Ateek, the founder of Sabeel.