A Fireplace for His Fire

As a young man growing up in a Pentecostal church, Fr. Barnabas always knew that he wanted to be a preacher because all of the powerful men he knew were men of the pulpit, and he wanted to be just like them. The church had a profound impact on his life, with… Read more

When Questions Yield No Answers

This is the story of Alana in answer to the question asked of all converts to the Orthodox faith: how did you become Orthodox? Alana’s story begins in childhood and being raised in a non-denominational home by parents who loved and served God above all else. Having grown up in… Read more

Running the Wrong Race

Being born into something can be likened to that race where you have a team of runners who pass a baton to each other after each runner completes his portion of the race. For the most part, when each runner receives the baton, he knows exactly what to do with… Read more

A Glimpse of a Little Piece of Heaven

Timothy Keefer is chief counsel for civil rights and civil liberties for the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). His journey to Orthodoxy began at the age of 11 when he asked his mother for a “real” book to read. She gave him a copy of Robert Massie’s “Nicholas… Read more

Christianity as a Form of Therapy

A journalist is defined in many ways. One of the best definitions would have to be someone who places the public good above all else and uses certain methods-the foundation of which is a discipline of verification- to gather and assess what he or she finds. The story of journalist… Read more

How Three Visions led a Jew to Christianity

Among the many converts to Orthodox Christianity was the Jewish rabbi, Paul Fotiou, from the Hebrew community of Arta in Greece, who converted from Judaism and was baptized as an Orthodox Christian together with his family. The Archimandrite Nektarios Ziampolas shared his own introduction to the extraordinary story of the rabbi’s… Read more

Divine Companionship

A friend can be many things. A confidant, a comforter, a keeper of secrets, someone who can pick you up when you feel down. This person is happy when you are happy, sad when you are sad and can lend a shoulder for you to cry on. A friend can… Read more

A Service that Engaged all Her Senses

Dot Lombardi’s journey to Orthodoxy spans just over half a century, 52 years to be exact. Having been raised as a Lutheran, Dot’s early Christian influence came from her choir director mom (who inspired Dot’s love of all kinds of church music) and a Congregational dad who was somewhat ambivalent… Read more

St. Matthew’s to St. Aidan’s

Like so many sojourners to the Orthodox faith, Mary Hoyland grew up as a regular attendee at church. By the time she became an adult, however, the responsibilities of marriage and raising a young family would come to hamper her ability to remain consistent in her church attendance aside from the… Read more

Like Stepping Back in Time

Vicki Jones doesn’t think the story of her conversion to Christian Orthodoxy is a particularly entertaining one, but, as any convert knows, conversion to Orthodoxy is a personal journey. The “seed” to search for where we came from and where we belong is God given within each one of us. At some… Read more