Welcome To My Blog
My interest in intentional Orthodoxy began when I was 18 (three years after I was baptized and chrismated). Before that I would say I was a nominal Christian. But then some weird things happened during my senior year of high school, followed by a public confession at my church, and ever since I have been Orthodox on purpose.
From 1998 to 2012 I avoided going into full-time ministry. I did not avoid ministry completely during those years. I co-founded a summer camp for youth in the southeast called Camp St. Thekla with His Grace Bishop Thomas, directed multiple fall festivals as a fund-raiser for teen programs, developed and directed a day-camp for children 3-12, volunteered time with teens, currently in charge scheduling and training of the acolytes at my church, organized humanitarian projects, and organized volunteer grounds maintenance projects at a church.
Then in 2010 I began listening to Ancient Faith Radio. By 2012, the seed which had been planted many years before sprouted into the desire to enter full-time ministry. Inspired by AFR, from 2012 to 2014 I researched the history of the Orthodox Church as a missionary church, beginning with Sts. Peter and Paul and following up to modern saints such as Sts. Innocent and Raphael. To prepare myself, I went back to school to get my bachelor’s and graduated in May of 2014 (it’s never too late to finish school!). On July 23rd, 2014, only weeks after graduating, I was offered my first full-time ministry position and accepted it.
Since July of 2014 I have been working full-time with the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. I spend my days (and many nights and weekends) helping parishes implement the Becoming Truly Human outreach ministry. This experience has given me a vast amount of insight in the world of Orthodox evangelism.
My Promise To You
I do not write on evangelism as an expert or prophet. I write, and humbly so, as a journalist asking questions and sharing the answers. I write what I learn as I travel from parish to parish. I promise regular fresh ideas from existing Orthodox parishes.
I typically write a post 1-2 times a week, with the occasional third thrown in there. Once or twice a year I blog every day for an entire fasting season, such as Lent or Advent.
I promise that if you will try the ideas shared in this blog you will find ways to empower the people of your parish and grow your core group. It’s not enough for a church building to be full. Mega churches are full. All of my posts must past this test: will this post help a parish grow its core of committed Orthodox Christians?
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