Ben is currently a doctoral candidate in Historical Theology at Saint Louis University. Before attending SLU, he completed a Master of Arts in Theology (with a Certificate in Advanced Theological Studies and a Concentration in Systematic Theology) at Villanova University. His undergraduate degree comes from Truman State University, where he studied English and Philosophy. His life is enriched daily by his wife Elizabeth and their twin daughters Julian and Lillian. Ben would like to become a professional teacher.
Christian Background: Ben was raised in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). His family attended church and Bible class regularly, which provided him with a solid foundation in liturgy and Scripture. In his first years of college, however, he lost interest in organized religion. After an exploratory period, Ben was exposed to the broader history of the Christian tradition through a medieval philosophy seminar. Beginning with Augustine’s De libero arbitrio and concluding with Bonaventure’s Itinerarium, the course started a three year journey that ended with membership in the Roman Catholic Church. You can read more about these events here.
Johanna (Jody) Byrkett
Jody lives in picturesque Colorado where she enjoys hiking various types of terrain, foggy mornings with steaming mugs of tea, reading classic literature and theological essays, studying words and their origins, and practising the art of hospitality. (She also has the rather annoying habit of spelling things ‘Britishly’.)
Christian Background: Jody grew up listening to her dad read around the dinner table– from Genesis to the Chronicles of Narnia. Her mom opened school mornings with a chapter of Scripture and prayer. Both of these habits have been carried on into her daily life, loving words and the Word Himself. Upon moving to Colorado (2009), however, Jody began stepping back from her evangelical upbringing, shifting toward a deeper liturgical pursuit of knowing God. She was baptised and confirmed in the Anglican church, and currently is a member of International Anglican Church in Colorado Springs.
A longtime resident of Dallas, Texas, John currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Mackenzi. He holds a law degree from Yale University, a B.A. in government from Patrick Henry College, and a certificate in theology and ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. He particularly enjoys studying the history of modernity and how faith communities preserve their identities in the face of changing social conditions. In his spare time, John enjoys going for morning runs, reviewing movies, reading literature, and rejoicing in the renaissance of longform journalism.
Christian Background: John was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. During college he explored Reformed theology, nondenominational churches, and Roman Catholicism, before returning to his roots by way of St. Thomas Aquinas, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Soren Kierkegaard. His favorite Christian writers include C.S. Lewis, David Bentley Hart, and Edward Feser.
Jacob is pastor of connections and church-planting at Rooftop Church in St. Louis, Missouri. He’s married to Hayley and dad to Bree. Jacob is currently finishing up graduate work in historical theology at Saint Louis University. He received his MA in Religion from Wake Forest University (2014), holds a BA in Theology from Valparaiso University (2012), studied theology and worldviews at Oxford University – Trinity College and the Oxford Study Centre (2011), obtained an AA in Liberal Arts from Southwestern Michigan College (2010), and received a certificate in critical thinking and worldviews from Summit Semester (2009). He loves spending time with his family, reading, hiking, shooting, and blogging at Pursuing Veritas. Along with Ben Cabe, Jacob co-founded Conciliar Post in 2014.
Christian Background: Jacob was born, baptized, and confirmed in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). He and Hayley believe strongly in “big tent” Christianity, and currently worship and serve at trans-denominational Rooftop Church.
Wesley is from Raleigh, North Carolina. He went to Liberty University for his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Biblical Studies where he was also on the debate team. He currently resides in Bedford, Virginia and is a Latin teacher at Faith Christian School in Roanoke. He is a priest at Christ our Redeemer Anglican Church (ACNA) in Lynchburg. He lives with his wife Caroline, their son Jude, and their two dogs.
Christian Background: Wesley was raised in non-denominational and Baptist churches. He began feeling called to ministry in some capacity near the end of high school. During his time as an undergraduate, he began exploring the Early Church and as a result, he and his wife have been drawn towards the Anglo-Catholic tradition. They were confirmed in the Anglican Church in North America in 2014. He was ordained to the Diaconate in 2016 and to the priesthood in 2017.
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Anthony Maynard is from Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently a Chaplain at The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. AJ is a graduate of Liberty University and holds both a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology. He is an Army combat veteran, avid gamer, documentary geek, coffee connoisseur, and unabashed SJW. AJ is an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention.
Christian Background: AJ wavered between Christianity and agnosticism for much of his life. God’s existence was often lost amid life’s more “important” aspects – that is, until God shook him to his core. AJ responded to God’s violent shake with multiple awkward and skeptical prayers, each were answered in seemingly unexplainable ways. He has been pursuing vocational ministry ever since.
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Jarrett teaches religion and humanities as an adjunct faculty member at Sinclair Community College and Miami University Middletown. In addition to teaching, Jarrett is the assistant pastor of a house church, where he helps with preaching, teaching, worship leading, and discipleship. Jarrett married his high school sweetheart, Hannah, in 2005, and they now have four small children. Jarrett holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Ohio Northern University and a master of divinity degree from Emory University, Candler School of Theology. His hobbies include guitar, hiking, bird watching, crossword puzzles, sports, reading, and writing.
Christian Background: From the ages of 0-22, Jarrett faithfully attended several different United Methodist churches. While in theology school, he attended and interned at two Vineyard churches, the second of which became Anglican just after his internship there ended. After completing his degree, Jarrett moved home to Ohio and began hosting a church in his home. The house church he pastors includes Christians who were raised in a wide variety of traditions. When he thinks theologically, Jarrett is inevitably rooted in his Wesleyan upbringing.
Ben is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. The desire to communicate and contribute to the Christian community in a meaningful way led him to found and build Conciliar Post. He loves to read works of philosophy and theology and is especially interested in how the early Church Fathers utilized and refashioned the philosophical language of the time in order to incarnate divine truth.
Christian Background: Benjamin was born as a fourth generation Evangelical / Protestant Christian. The desire to live an active life in Christ led him, through much reading, study, and prayer, to Eastern Orthodox Christianity.*Acknowledgments
Timon Cline is a native of Memphis, TN and grew up in Dakar, Senegal. He is a graduate of Wright State University, and is concurrently pursuing a J.D. at Rutgers Law School, and a M.A. (Religion) at Westminster Theological Seminary. In his spare time, he enjoys reading political biographies and John le Carré novels, reminiscing about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ championship, and watching The Office for the nth time. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Rachel.
Christian Background: The son of a Southern Baptist preacher and missionaries, Timon was doomed to be Baptist from the outset. In college Timon began to more seriously contemplate the roots of his beliefs and read broadly across theological traditions. In the end, he remained, to the undoubted shock of his parents, a Baptist of the Reformed persuasion (as all good Baptists should be, he thinks). He has been greatly influenced by the writings of Puritans like Thomas Watson, Richard Sibbes, and Jonathan Edwards. Some of his other favorite Christian authors and theological influences include: Carl F.H. Henry, Reinhold Niebuhr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, G.K. Chesterton, J.I. Packer, Chuck Colson, and C.S. Lewis. Of course, C.H. Spurgeon, the patron saint of Baptists, is a prerequisite favorite. He and his wife attend Bethel Baptist Church in Cherry Hill, NJ. You can follow him on Twitter @tlloydcline.
David Doherty serves in ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada and also works as a copyeditor and proofreader. He holds a Bachelor of Religious Education from Emmanuel Bible College (Kitchener, Ontario) and a Master of Theological Studies from McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, Ontario). His research interests include the Gospel of John, metaphors in religious thought, and the development of Christian theology in the West. Together since their mid-teens, he and his wife adventure through life together and encourage each other in their faith and research. They live in Ontario.
Christian Background: David’s early spiritual formation took place within moderately conservative Baptist churches in Canada, his father serving as a pastor. While completing his bachelor’s degree, David set out to understand the various Christians traditions, from Eastern Orthodoxy to Pentecostalism to Lutheranism. During his master’s studies many strands of his spiritual life and theological interests came together in an exploration of Anglicanism that he undertook with his wife. Together they decided to join the Anglican Church of Canada.
Micah graduated from Scarborough College with a B.A. in Humanities, and is currently getting his Masters in Philosophy at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. His main areas of interest are Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Christian personalism, especially as these subjects overlap with Moral Theology.
Christian Background: Although he grew up Baptist, Micah is currently attending an Orthodox Church at his new home in Steubenville, Ohio, where he hopes to learn more about the early church’s tradition, theology, and overall approach to following Christ.
Jacob is a displaced Texan who lives in Belgium, where he and his wife, Annie, are students. Jacob recently completed an MPhil in continental philosophy at KU Leuven. Jacob earned an MA in analytic philosophy from Northern Illinois University in 2015 and a BA in theology from Moody Bible Institute in 2012. Jacob enjoys travelling, reading, and discussing theology and philosophy with friends. His particular interests center around the intersection of philosophy, Christianity, and animal ethics.
Christian Background: Jacob grew up in a devout, loving, Christian home. He began his Christian journey in the Church of Christ and since has regularly attended a variety of churches, including Southern Baptist, non-denominational, Presbyterian, and Anglican. In May of 2016, Jacob and Annie were confirmed in the Anglican church, where they continue to explore and experience the richness of God’s love.
Jeff is fascinated by stories. In particular, he is enthralled with the authors’ ability to capture concepts and bring those concepts to life. Driving this delight is his interest in theology and philosophy. Ultimately, he is excited by opportunities to help others understand abstract ideas through skilled artistic work.
Christian Background: Jeff grew up primarily in non-denominational churches. During his teen years, between listening to recorded sermons and conversations with friends, he developed a Reformed/Calvinistic theological leaning. Currently, he would identify as a Reformed Baptist. However, this is combined with the understanding that other traditions could have beneficial insights that he has not yet encountered.
Joshua grew up in Montana before going off to study classics, philosophy, and theology. He currently resides in St. Louis along with his wife, Bethanne, and three kids, where he is pursuing his PhD in theology.
Christian Background: Joshua was raised in a Christian home, the son of a non-denominational pastor in rural Montana. From an early age he began to develop an interest in learning about God and the ways of God from the Bible. In his late teens and early twenties, under the tutelage of some godly mentors, he began to understand that in order to learn the Bible aright, one needed to learn it with and from the church, to whom the faith had been once and for all delivered. He began to see more clearly the importance of deep historical roots and liturgical practice. So, in his mid-twenties, he became a member in a Presbyterian denomination. He is now pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America.
Raised in North Carolina, George works as an accountant and lives in New York with his wife and son. His writing is animated by Abraham Kuyper’s exclamation, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
Christian Background:George was believer’s baptized at the age of six, raised in the “contemporary” service of a United Methodist Church, and has two uncles and a cousin who are pastors in the Church of the Nazarene denomination. He converted to the Reformed tradition in college through the missionary dating efforts of his girlfriend (now wife) and the ministry of Reformed University Fellowship. Having attended a Presbyterian Church (PCA) during college, he and his family now attend an Anglican church in Manhattan.
Cameron is currently a graduate student at Princeton Theological Seminary working toward an M.A. in Theological Studies. He previously obtained a B.A. from the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, majoring in theology/philosophy and English. He is especially interested in Christian theological ethics. Cameron lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife Jenny.
Christian Background: Cameron was raised in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) and grew up reading the Bible and believing in the Christian God. However, it wasn’t until high school that he came to trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Since then, Cameron has been involved in several evangelical churches, including a Sovereign Grace church plant (Emmaus Road Church, Sioux Falls, SD) and Acts 29. He loves writing and reading theology, among other genres. A few of his favorite thinkers are St. Augustine of Hippo, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Oliver O’Donovan, and Timothy Keller.
Larry J. Brown, Jr. was born & raised in the city of Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Howard University. Larry is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity (2015) and holds a BA in English Literature & Psychology from Florida International University (2012). He is an avid gamer, anime fan, and enjoys exploring life, God, and everything in between. Larry is an ordained Baptist minister.
Christian Background: Larry was born and cradled in the Baptist Church. He now aligns with a strong liberation and prophetic traditions of the Black Baptist Church. Taking science, history, and philosophy seriously in conversation with the biblical text, Larry primarily engages in existential and liberation approaches with streaks of process thought.
Matthew is a post-Protestant disciple of Jesus, an avid disciple-maker, a father of 2 grown men, and the delighted husband of Kristy. He holds a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from the University of Memphis and has authored 3 books. A former church planter, Matthew now serves within the Restoration Movement. He enjoys reading the letters of Desiderius Erasmus, learning the history of empires, and encouraging believers to take up Biblical Greek for the twin purposes of clarity and unity.
Christian Background: Matthew grew up attending a Protestant home church, but did not come to faith until the age of 22. He spent another 17 years in 3 consecutive Protestant denominations, first in dispensationalism, next being personally discipled in a nondenominational setting, and finally learning the values of the Restoration Movement. Due to his historical investigations, Matthew teaches scripture not from a Protestant perspective, but from an historic and global Christian understanding that includes “Christus Victor” and embracing the Septuagint.
Micah is a writer and a student. He holds a BA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies and a BA Philosophy from Western Michigan University. Micah serves as a Senior Editor at Conciliar Post in addition to contributing as an author. He enjoys Linux, reading, practising martial arts, firearms training, playing chess, and of course, spending time with his wife.
Christian Background: Micah was raised in a reformed protestant church, where he met and married his wife, Sarah. Over the course of their spiritual pursuit of Christ, God led them to the study of the historical development of Christianity, and to the reading of the Church Fathers. This study eventually brought them into contact with Orthodox Christianity, and they were brought into the Orthodox Christian Church in 2015, on Great and Holy Pascha.
Chris is a reader, writer, student, and husband all rolled into one fleshy package. He earned his B.A. in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now pursues a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics at Biola University. He spent five years on active duty in the US Marine Corps, where he served as a translator of Middle Eastern languages. Chris currently lives with his beautiful wife and their incorrigible dog in the high desert of rural Central Oregon, where the craft beer flows like the Nile in flood season and the wild deer stare through your window at night.
Christian Background: Until the age of eighteen, Chris slept in every Sunday morning and left church to those silly, pretentious individuals who called themselves Christian. Chris was smart, smart people were atheists, and that’s all there was to it- until depression and a struggle for meaning led him to the door of a Christian friend who helped him turn to God for answers. He’s been picking God’s brain ever since. Always on the move, Chris has attended (and appreciated!) churches in a variety of locations and denominations over the years. Currently he and his wife attend the Free Methodist Church in Madras, Oregon.
Creighton is a Wichita native currently pursuing an M.A. in Theological Studies at Saint Louis University (SLU). Prior to SLU, Creighton completed a B.A. in Political Science at Wichita State University (2012) as well as an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University (2013), in the Los Angeles area. He enjoys sports, trying new food, and re-watching The West Wing.
Christian Background: Creighton spent time in an Evangelical church as a child, but eventually became disengaged from his faith through middle school and high school. After high school, Creighton was lead to the Assemblies of God, where much of his faith formation has taken place. He is very much ‘in progress,’ but is theologically best described as a Reformed Pentecostal.
TJ is a student at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and aspiring to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He is an avid reader, especially in works that deal with relational ontology, liturgical theology, and the ecclesial life of the Church. For fun, TJ loves to spend time with his family, travel, go backpacking in the mountains, watch a good hockey game, sip on a good bourbon, and geek out with a good theology book.
Christian Background: TJ spent most of his youth oscillating between agnosticism and atheism. He came to know the Lord whenever he was 16 and was a Baptist for several years after his conversion. Even though he always had a love for the Baptist churches that he was a part of, he also felt as though something was missing. So, he began to explore other denominations and traditions. He settled for a while in the Christian Reformed Church and served as a Commissioned Pastor for several years. He continued to explore the Anglican and Eastern Orthodox traditions on the side, however, and he and his family sensed that God was nudging them towards Anglicanism. Simultaneously, TJ also experienced a call to the priesthood. Now he and his family are happy to call the Anglican tradition their “home.”
Daniel is a Catholic writer and voice artist living in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and daughter. He believes in the power of beauty in life, nature and art as a tool of evangelism, and seeks to follow Christ through study, work and prayer. His favorite book of the Bible is the Song of Songs because of the stunning intimacy it presents both with regard to the sacrament of marriage and the marital union with God to which every soul is called in Christ. He is the proud owner of a small collection of facial hair, charitably termed a mustache.
Christian Background: Daniel was raised a Presbyterian Christian by a devout father who served as an elder and frequently read to him and his five siblings at bedtime from The Dangerous Journey, a baroquely illustrated version of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress; and an equally devout mother who homeschooled all six children, taking them into the woods almost every day for long afternoon walks through the forests and winding creeks near their house. He attended L’Abri in Massachusetts during the summer of 2011 and studied theology and philosophy from 2011-2013 at an Evangelical Christian college in Minnesota. In the culmination of five years of study and prayer, he was joyfully received into the Roman Catholic Church at the 2016 Easter Vigil and made his first Holy Communion. He attends Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester, VA.
Michael serves as the Interim Pastor of Zion’s Stone UCC in Northampton, PA. After high school he moved to Johannesburg, South Africa and earned a Higher Diploma in Ministerial Studies at Rhema Bible College in Randburg while also working for its parent mega-church. After moving back to the US he floundered around in various jobs before moving to PA to pursue education and ministry. He holds a Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. He loves books, theology, cigars, scotch, movies, video games, working out, and talking endlessly about all of the above. He and his long suffering and loving wife Chontey live in Wind Gap and are expecting their first child.
Christian Background: Michael was born and raised in the Word-Faith stream of the Charismatic Tradition. A Bible nerd since childhood, he learned to love Scripture by listening to his mother teach him Bible stories every day. He learned to love the Church and education through the tireless work of his father, who was an itinerant teacher setting up local Bible schools for churches to better educate their congregants. After working for a charismatic mega-church overseas he became disillusioned with Word-Faith and Charismatic theology and put faith aside until he came across the teaching of Tim Keller and the Reformed Tradition. This started a period of discernment and prayer which led to him moving to PA to work at a non-denominational church and to attend seminary. While at seminary he slowly realized he was not Reformed, after being exposed to the Orthodox Tradition. This ignited in him a love of the Church Fathers, especially St. John Chrysostom, and he tries to integrate the best of their theology into his current context. He half-jokingly refers to himself as post-charismatic, non-denominational, and Ortho-curious.
Christian is a student at Patrick Henry College, pursuing a B.A. in Government. He self-identifies as a San Jose native, although he has also lived in Oklahoma, Berkeley, and Minnesota. He enjoys coffee, reading anything that was not written during the Victorian era (Dickens has never been his friend), and most importantly, re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also operates a personal blog, which you can find here.
Christian Background: Christian was raised in an evangelical, Calvinist family with a deep love for Christ. However, his conversations with members of other Christian traditions gradually led him to question some of his preconceptions. After six years of research into Scripture, Church History, miracles, and philosophy, he was confirmed into the Catholic Church. His favorite Christian thinkers include G.K. Chesterton, John Henry Newman, and Saint Augustine, his confirmation saint.
The Rev. Drew McIntyre is an Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference and serves West Bend UMC in Asheboro, NC. Born and raised in the Tar Heel state, he was educated at High Point University (B.A. History, B.A. Religion) and Duke Divinity School (M.Div., Certificate in Gender, Theology, & Ministry). Drew enjoys spending time with his wife, Brittany, playing with their pets, reading, and watching movies. He is avid fan of mixed martial arts and Duke basketball, and also blogs at DrewBMcIntyre.com. Follow him on twitter @drewbmcintyre.
Christian Background: Drew was baptized as an infant at a small United Methodist Church in Eastern North Carolina. Most of his elementary, middle, and secondary education was undertaken at a Southern Baptist institution, while his family only attended church occasionally. He and his family became active in a United Methodist congregation once more in high school, and while in college became a certified candidate for ordination, before going on to seminary and being ordained through the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Drew has a love for liturgy, doctrine, and church history, especially Wesleyan and Patristic sources.
Kenneth A. O’Shaughnessy
Ken is a middle-aged father of four. He’s a Northerner by upbringing, but has lived in the South since his (first) college days. Twenty years after a brief attempt to earn a degree at Bob Jones University, he went back to college and obtained an Associates degree in Human Services. During that time he began to do more than just dabble with writing, and has self-published a children’s picture book, a middle-reader’s book, and several collections of poetry. He has continued writing poetry primarily, averaging a poem of some sort per day for the past two and a half years.
Christian Background: Ken was baptized in the Roman Catholic church, raised in the fundamentalist Baptist church, spent his early child-rearing years in the Reformed Baptist church, and after dabbling in the Anglican and Catholic churches, settled down in the Eastern Orthodox church, where he has been since 2006. His primary influence toward traditional Christianity, unwittingly at the time since it was only his fiction he was reading, was G. K. Chesterton. In addition, he found an appreciation for monastic devotional writings through reading Thomas a Kempis. His poetic influences come largely from the hymns he grew up singing and playing on the trumpet. It just so happened that his favorite hymn tunes to play were written by the Russian Orthodox musician Dmitry Bortniansky, something he wouldn’t realize until after his conversion to Orthodoxy. He attends St John of the Ladder OCA in Greenville, SC, where he serves as bellringer.
Elizabeth’s world includes many icons, books, paints, skeins of yarn, fabric for quilts, and boxes and shelves of journals. She is married to her best friend, a computer scientist, writer and Orthodox subdeacon. Elizabeth has an Honours BA in English Lit and a Masters of Library and Information Science. She worked as a librarian in various private libraries in Ottawa, Ontario Canada before moving to a New Jersey bedroom community of NYC. Elizabeth’s life revolves around these things: home (culinary, knitting, quilting pursuits), reading and writing, her godkids, 16 nieces and nephews and serving with her husband at their Church (Sunday School, Bookstore and Library). Orthodox for over 12 years, Elizabeth has blogged for over 10 years at https://eroosje.blogspot.com/ and is happy to be writing amidst others who love Christian dialogue.
Christian Background: Elizabeth was born into a Christian family with a long history of faithfulness to God and His Word through the lens of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) Tradition and Dutch Protestant Christian culture, having a unified world of CRC family, Church and School. To this day, she thanks God for such a wonderful Christian upbringing. In her late teens, at Calvin College, she was introduced to the Episcopal Church, the American Anglican Prayer Book and the Eucharist (as taught in a Christology course using a Catholic Seminarian Textbook). After some years of going between CRC, Evangelical and Episcopal/Anglican Churches in Canada, she attended only Conservative Anglican Churches, until one day when a friend took her to an Orthodox Church in Lent of 2003. By Summer’s end, she went again to this Orthodox Church; before the end of the next year’s Summer, she was welcomed into the Orthodox Church by chrismation on August 8, 2004. Being Orthodox now for just over 12 years, she rejoices in both the Orthodox Church and also Christian upbringing and spiritual journey that brought her to this place.
Peter Schellhase is 30 years old and calls himself a Millennial (and occasionally, a hipster) as a form of penance. He is a writer and editor for Home School Legal Defense Association in Northern Virginia, where he lives with his wife and baby daughter, and is active in a local Episcopal church. He has a bachelor’s degree in political theory from Patrick Henry College. He enjoys reading aloud with his wife, playing with their daughter, cycling, and of course writing.
Christian background: Peter grew up attending Covenant Life Church in Maryland, where he encountered God’s grace as a teenager. In college he became convinced of the historic liturgical and sacramental understanding of the church, and was eventually led to join the Episcopal Church. The most influential book on this journey was Dr. Gene Veith’s The Spirituality of the Cross. Recently he has appreciated the work of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) and the ancient Church Fathers. His statements and opinions carry nobody’s imprimatur.