Called To Orthodoxy

A former Pentecostal minister and Independent Old Catholic Priest’s conversion story to the Orthodox faith. by Sherie Mercier Where do I begin? I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan, on the shores of SW Lake Michigan – across the lake from Chicago, 61 years ago. My parents were not very religious, in fact, they attended a Methodist church in my hometown. The pastor was a medical doctor and eventually left the active ministry and set up shop as a General Family practitioner. My parents stopped attending church and after that I never remember them ever stepping into a church at all, even to this day. My mother is deceased but my … [Read more...]

“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 snowy December day. He was telling me about how excited he was for Santa Claus to come and listed off all the things he hoped that ole’ St. Nick would bring him, as most six year olds do. I then proceeded to tackle him deep into the snow and strangle him, shouting in his face, “There is no Santa! Only baby Jesus!” As you can see, I was raised to have quite a passion and … [Read more...]

The Pastor’s Path to Orthodoxy: Did I Join A Cult?

This post in our series of spouses who become Orthodox without their spouses is for husbands, and interestingly, also for heterodox clergy. This article is from a former Assembly of God pastor who found his way to the Early Church, and behold - discovered that it is Orthodox Christianity. Thank you, Patrick, for allowing us to publish it. By Patrick M. PaceMy religious roots are a woven fabric of periodic religion and secularism. From childhood until twenty, I had cycled in and out of a variety of religious settings, including Oneness Pentecostalism, Trinitarian Pentecostalism, Roman Catholicism, and before I exited my teens, I became an … [Read more...]

Couple Converts to Orthodoxy, Five Years Later Celebrates 70th Wedding Anniversary

by Todd McMahon This was too good not to publish - The congregation from Green Bay's St. Matthew Orthodox Church celebrated the 70th wedding anniversary for church members Bronnie and Annabelle Stroud. When he leads the Sunday morning liturgy, Father Maximus Cabey needs only to gaze out to his congregation to find inspiration in the flesh. “It’s being faithful through the thick and thin of life,” said Cabey, the rector at St. Matthew Orthodox Church in Green Bay. That is how Cabey sees Bronnie and Annabelle Stroud. Not only are the Strouds regular attendees at Cabey’s church, but they also have the unusual distinction of being married … [Read more...]