Orthodox Evangelizing with African-Americans

This was just posted on a Facebook group I am a part of and I only wish I could have been there myself. John is a Facebook friend, and I hope to meet him face to face someday. You can read his conversion story here, To Be Black and Orthodox: Part of My Story, and […]

“Are We Going To Convert?” – My Journey To The True Church

by Isaac Bicko Before I delve too deep into my journey to the Church, I would like to reflect a little bit on my childhood with an anecdote… One of my earliest memories is one of when my neighbor (also my best friend at the time) and I were playing in my backyard on a […]

Answering the Questions

More of Fr. Nathaniel Johnson, talking about his favorite seasons, his immersion into Orthodoxy, and his favorite saints.  Fr. Deacon Nathaniel Johnson   Answering the Questions  

The Church That Has It ALL

I had the great pleasure of concelebrating liturgy with Fr. Nathaniel, and his fellow clergy at St. Lawrence Orthodox Church in Felton, CA, this past weekend. What a glorious encounter! Hear his story in his own words.  Fr. Deacon Nathaniel Johnson Fr. Nathaniel Johnson served the Orthodox Church as a deacon in the San Lorenzo […]

On Becoming Eastern Orthodox

by Hal Freeman In my last entry I engaged in some preliminary considerations of politics. I decided to take on the area of religion as well. For some of you a discussion of religion is at best tangential to Russian/American relationships. Maybe it’s tangential to a lot more than that. On the other hand, the […]

Humility and Regret in My Journey to Orthodoxy

by Scott Lewis I was born and raised in a good Baptist home with a solid Christian foundation. As you are probably aware, as a Baptist we believe that the early church fell away from the true Christian faith and was not resurrected until the Protestant reformation. Growing up in the midst of the cold […]

From Sola Scriptura to Supernatural Experience to Sacred Church

by Thomas Prologue Since being received into the Church, I have tried to ponder and process the long road we took to become Orthodox. Truthfully, I was not sure I wanted to share our story because, in so many ways, it is similar to hundreds of other stories posted on Journey to Orthodoxy and elsewhere. But […]

My Wife Came Home To Orthodoxy!

by John Gresham What do you do when you want to become Orthodox, but your spouse is not on board? This question is a common one we deal with here at JTO, and very often it has glorious results. Our thanks to John and Brenda Gresham for allowing us to share and repost this excellent account […]

To Be Black and Orthodox: Part of My Story

by John Gresham, Jr. I have a friend who is considering becoming an Orthodox Christian. She is African-American and is concerned that by joining the Orthodox Church that she would be turning her back on black culture. While she likes everything about the ancient faith, she notices the lack of Negro spirituals and the preaching […]

The Orthodox Man

The story of former Baptist Tommy “Tomas” Rydén As an infant I had been what they call “officially blessed” in the Baptist church of Linköping in front of the congregation. As Baptists the congregants did not believe in any formal baptism of infants. My father, who in his younger years had been trained as an […]