The Personal Story of Fr. George Johnson

by Fr. George Johnson I am a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, serving in the cathedral of St John the Baptist in Washington, D.C. There are some almost uncanny parallels between our lives, even down to the grumpy choir directors. I was (and sometimes still am) the grumpy choir director, however. I became interested and involved in Anglicanism through a singing job in a "high" church in 1968. At the time, my focus was primarily musical. My parents were devout Southern Baptists, and, while I now appreciate their humility and devotion, in my youth I did not so much. The Episcopal Church offered an escape from the music and … [Read more...]

Episcopalian Minister and Congregation Convert

It appears the fruits of St. John of San Francisco's labors have paid off. After a year of instruction and a prayer, an Episcopalian clergymen and many from his congregation entered the Orthodox Church. While the members of the congregation were chrismated in April, their former minister was ordained to the Holy Priesthood a little over a week ago.The now Fr. James Hamrick is pastor of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Frederick, MD. He was a minister in the United Methodist Church for years, but as he was looking for ancient faith, he found himself in the Charismatic Episcopal Church for a few years. At least until now. The CEC … [Read more...]

Convert Parish To Be Received

Bishop Thomas  of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America is scheduled to receive by Chrismation, the membership of the Western Rite Mission in Warrenton, Virginia at 7.00 pm on Friday the 30th of March at Christ Church, 95 Green Street, Warrenton. Fr. Nicholas Alford, Rector of Saint Gregory the Great Western Rite Parish in Washington D.C. has been catechising this convert parish until their clergyman, the Reverend Patrick Cardine is Ordained Priest. The Warrenton mission has converted from the Charismatic Episcopal Church in which its minister, Patrick Cardine was the diocesan evangelism officer. The Rev’d. Cardine … [Read more...]

2 Million Muslims become Christians in Russia in the last 20 years

Today the proportion of Muslims in Russia must be at least 9%. However, sociological polls have shown a much smaller number, namely, from 4% to 6%, that is, from 6 to 9 million Russians, for the last decade. This paradox can be accounted for only by the fact that a considerable part of ethnic Muslims do not profess Islam’, Silantyev said in an interview to the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily published on Friday. The expert also refuted the reports that Orthodox Russians were converting to Islam by dozens of thousands nowadays. He says the leaders of newly-converted Muslims themselves say that ‘people who have changed their faith are not more … [Read more...]