Eastern Orthodox Members Trying to Grow in Jacksonville, IL

For Karen Woods of Jacksonville, attending Divine Liturgy, the primary worship service in the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition, has meant making a 90-minute trek one way to Quincy’s St. Raphael of Brooklyn Mission Church each Sunday. Woods, a convert to Orthodoxy along with her husband, Martin, and son, Andrew, 18, is hoping to generate interest in the faith in her community of about 20,000, 35 miles west of Springfield. The idea, says Woods, who operates a publishing business out of her home, is to form a parish, but she admits that might be down the road. Currently, a dozen or so members — numbers have reached as high as 20 — … [Read more...]

Evangelicals Turn Toward … Orthodoxy

The Conversion of Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth By Jason Zengerle The ministry is a calling, but it is also a career, and, in 1987, a Baptist minister named Wilbur Ellsworth was given the career opportunity of a lifetime. After nearly two decades of pastoring modest congregations in California and Ohio, Ellsworth, at the age of 43, was called to lead the First Baptist Church of Wheaton, Illinois–one of the most prominent evangelical churches in what was then the most prominent evangelical city in the world. Often called the “Evangelical Vatican,” the leafy Chicago suburb is home to Wheaton College–the prestigious evangelical … [Read more...]