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Everyday Orthodox

English, Christianity, 1 seasons, 203 episodes, 1 day 9 hours 17 minutes
How well do we know the people beside us at liturgy? Every one of them has a story to tell, whether a love story, a war story, a comedy or a tragedy, a tale of an immigrant’s struggle or a heartfelt conversion story.
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Kh. Kelleylynn Barberg!

Kh. Kelleylynn is a gifted photographer and the administrator at St. Athanasius Academy. She is the mother of five and wife to Fr. Raphael in New York state. Funny and soulful, Kelleylynn loves deeply and is an engaging and compassionate woman you'll enjoy getting to know.
04/12/202356 minutes 27 seconds
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Meet Dr. Pano Kanelos !

Dr. Pano Kanelos is the Founding President of the University of Austin. He previously served as President of St. John’s College, Annapolis. Pano is a Shakespeare scholar, a husband and father, and an active member of his Greek Orthodox parish in Austin, Texas.
20/11/20231 hour 10 seconds
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Meet Drew Chancey !

Drew Chancey is the author of Goodnight, Child of God, and writes a semi-monthly poetry newsletter. Drew and his wife Brittney, along with their four children, live in Tulsa, and attend Holy Apostles Orthodox Church where Drew sings in the men's choir.
13/11/202359 minutes 6 seconds
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Meet Simon Nelson!

Simon is a soil science graduate student as well as a husband and a new father. In addition to studying and helping his wife with the baby he also works with Ancient Faith on live-streaming shows on YouTube.
06/11/202354 minutes 24 seconds
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Meet John Maddex, Retiree !

John Maddex was the founder and CEO of Ancient Faith Ministries, and then he stepped down -- but what has he been up to since then? We'll catch up on how retirement is going and what John plans next.
16/10/20231 hour 50 seconds
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200th Episode Special: Meet Elissa !

To celebrate our 200th episode, we welcome special guest, Helena Bjeletich, who will interview her mom, Elissa Bjeletich Davis!
09/10/202359 minutes 39 seconds
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Meet Fr. Raphael Barberg

After 20 years serving the police department, Lt. Raphael Barberg retired and became an Orthodox priest! He works with IOCC to minister when catastrophes occur (9/11, mass shootings, natural disasters, etc.), and serves at St. George in Niagara Falls, NY.
02/10/20231 hour 36 seconds
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Meet Lynnette Horner

Blogger, podcaster, gardener, and regular gal-in-the-pews Lynnette Horner is an editor at Ancient Faith Publishing and hosts the blog and podcast "Walking an Ancient Path: Living and Learning Orthodox Christianity."
25/09/202359 minutes 30 seconds
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Meet Margaret Slaiman Ewing

Margaret is a delightful grandmother who found herself in a terrible car accident. Her experience there brought her an entirely new outlook on the Orthodox faith.
18/09/202359 minutes 10 seconds
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Meet Max and Melia

Melia studied in Abu Dhabi and learned of Orthodoxy from Matt (a history buff and convert from California) while in New York City. Baptized in Tbilisi, Georgia, Melia works in cybersecurity and decorates her church through flower-arranging. Matt works as a paralegal and sings in the church choir.
28/08/20231 hour 2 minutes 46 seconds
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Meet Buck Johnson

Buck Johnson is host of The Counterflow Podcast, a weekly show featuring discussions on spiritual warfare, culture, and politics. Buck is an Orthodox Christian and musician who has worked as a firefighter for more than 25 years.
14/08/202359 minutes 3 seconds
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Meet Kh. Gigi Shadid

Kh. Gigi Shadid is a delightful musician, best known for the children's albums she has created and loved by adults and children alike!
07/08/202354 minutes 11 seconds
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Meet Gordon James

Gordon James is a husband, father, and grandfather. He has lived in alcoholic idolatry, changed in AA sobriety, and come home to Orthodoxy. God gave this walking miracle the gift of desperation.
24/07/202356 minutes 58 seconds
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Meet Dr. Michael Wingert

Dr. Michael Wingert is a professor and a podcaster specializing in ancient medicine, philology, and theology. He's a Syriac Orthodox Christian of Assyrian heritage, and the Dean of Agora University. What's more, he's a dad, a husband, and a lot of fun.
10/07/20231 hour 54 seconds
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Meet Amalyssa Johnson, PhD LP

Dr. Johnson bakes prosphora and teaches Sunday School, but her greatest ministry is surely her work as a clinical psychologist, serving children, teens and their families and offering support for all the struggles of life.
26/06/20231 hour 31 seconds
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Meet The Ritchey Brothers

Readers Stephen and Andrew Ritchey are brothers and creative partners from Birmingham, Alabama, where they serve at St. Symeon Orthodox Church. Together, they’ve released multiple books and activities, as well as an Orthodox musical children’s show.
19/06/202354 minutes 26 seconds
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MeetFr. Thomas Manuel

Fr. Thomas Manuel grew up in the Church, and with his wife, Elizabeth, served four years in Guatemala and southern Mexico as OCMC missionaries. Fr. Thomas taught at the seminary of San Andres, and upon his return to the US, was ordained a priest!
19/06/202358 minutes 20 seconds
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Meet Jane Meyer !

Jane Meyer is a children's book author and editor and is heading up the new Ancient Faith Kids project on YouTube! She lives in Santa Barbara, where she homeschools her son, tends fruit trees, bakes bread, and enjoys turning cartwheels as often as possible.
22/05/202359 minutes 59 seconds
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Meet Jonah Martin !

Jonah Martin and his family raise goats and ducks, manage a large garden, and sell various foods and household goods at Jonah manages St. Nicholas Press, records audiobooks, and makes wooden carved icons in the Byzantine style.
15/05/20231 hour 1 second
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Meet Fr. Evan Armatas

You know Fr. Evan Armatas as the host of an Ancient Faith Radio live show, podcasts and as the author of two books, and now it's your chance to get to know him more personally!
08/05/20231 hour 38 seconds
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Meet Kathryn Reetzke!

Kathryn is the author of "God's Saintly Friends", and is a wife and mother of four young children, Church School Director, and Adjunct Professor of History. She loves adult and children's literature and has a passion for education.
24/04/20231 hour 16 seconds
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Meet Gabriel Wilson

This week, we'll be talking with Gabe Wilson, the artist behind several beautiful graphic novels about Orthodox saints. His latest, Sands of Salvation, is about St. Moses the Ethiopian!
03/04/20231 hour 57 seconds
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Get to Know Fr. Stephen Freeman

We'll be talking with Fr. Stephen Freeman, podcaster, blogger, speaker, and author of the new book, Face to Face: Knowing God Beyond Our Shame. This is your chance to learn about Father's life, and to get to know him more personally.
27/03/20231 hour 1 minute 26 seconds
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Meet Clayton Dale, aka Nomadik Vagabond

Meet Clayton Dale, aka Nomadik Vagabond (born Clayton, baptized Moses, after Moses the Ethiopian) is an Orthodox Christian living in Portland, Oregon. He’s co-host of the Brews, Beards, & Shipwrecks podcast with Jamey Bennett. He’s a husband of 18 years with 2 teenagers.
13/03/202359 minutes 51 seconds
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Meet Meseker Yohannes

Meseker Yohannes was baptized into the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. After growing up in Nevada, he went to college in California where, after graduating, he began working as a software engineer at a solar software startup. He and his wife currently live in Dallas, TX.
06/03/202359 minutes 21 seconds
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Meet Derek Cummins

Derek grew up in a nominally Christian home, but REALLY met Christ while touring with a heavy metal band. He was a pastor in a charismatic church until deeper study led him to Orthodoxy. Derek and his wife, Rebekah, have 3 children.
20/02/202359 minutes 44 seconds
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Meet Sarah Byrne-Martelli

We'll be talking with Sarah Byrne-Martelli, a board-certified Orthodox Christian Palliative Care Chaplain, health care researcher, and author of Memory Eternal: Living with Grief as Orthodox Christians. Sarah and her husband Peter and son Rafael live in the Boston area.
13/02/202358 minutes 58 seconds
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Meet Ioana and Sebastien!

Meet Ioana and Sebastien! Dr. Ioana Popa is back, and she is bringing her husband, Sebastien Falardeau! We'll be talking about their experience of finding one another after divorce, embarking on a second marriage, and blending their families. Sebastien loves to cook, Ioana loves to garden, and together they co-founded Team For The Soul®. Hear all about it.
19/12/20221 hour 40 seconds
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Meet Susan Zacharia

On Everyday Orthodox, Susan is a licensed clinical social worker and has been providing mental health care for the veteran population for 8 years, and she has a passion for advocating for mental health resources within Orthodox parish settings, particularly in ethnic parishes where the stigma of seeking care is prevalent. She is the current Vice-President of OCAMPR. Prior to this role, she served as the co-chair for the Needs Assessment Working Group with the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops' Mental Health Task Force. She also served, for 6 years, as the Diocese of South-West America Secretary for the Department of Counseling Services with the Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church, where she was raised. She now attends St. Makarios the Great Orthodox Mission in Chicago, where she and her husband, Brandon, await a new addition to their family in October. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, hosting family & friends, staying active and walks to the great Lake Michigan
12/12/202259 minutes 40 seconds
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Meet Katrina Bitar from YES

On Everyday Orthodox, meet Katrina Bitar! Katrina has dedicated her life to serving Christ through work with young people. After graduating from St. Vladimir’s Seminary, she became the Director of Youth Equipped to Serve and worked for years as a summer camp director. Katrina's heart for service, for people, and for Christ is apparent in everything she does and we think you'll enjoy getting to know her.
05/12/20221 hour 7 seconds
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Meet Nazo Zakkak

On Everyday Orthodox, we will be live with Nazo Zakkak, the composer of the groundbreaking Mandarin Chinese Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom album commissioned and produced by Ancient Faith Ministries' Chinese Language Division.
21/11/202258 minutes 21 seconds
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Meet Zeina Livanos

On Everyday Orthodox, we talk with Zeina Livanos. Zeina is the author and creator of Zeina's Table on Instagram. She not only shares recipes but her life as a recipe collector, Orthodox Christian, wife, artist, and soon to be mother of 5
14/11/20221 hour 14 seconds
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Meet Dn. Romanos Slockett

This week on Everyday Orthodox, join us for an interview with icon carver and chanter, Dn. Romanos (Ron) Slockett. He is an Orthodox convert at St. Elias in Austin, Texas, is married to Sh. Jessica and has three children.
31/10/20221 hour 25 seconds
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Meet Mena Mesiha

Mena was born into the Coptic Orthodox Church in Assiut Egypt, and moved to Puerto Rico and then to New York. He and his family now live in Massachusetts, where he and his wife are currently raising their young kids.Meet
17/10/202254 minutes 8 seconds
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Meet Josh David Jordan

Meet Josh David Jordan! Josh began his career as an actor before transitioning to work behind the lens. When his short film, Sam and Gus, won several film festival awards, he decided to write/direct his full-length feature film, This World Won't Break, which won 14 festival awards, received distribution, theatrical release, and on every platform. Josh directed Joshua Ray Walker's hit single and directed the live spot on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon. He is currently in pre-production for his second full-length feature, El Tonto Por Cristo, an Orthodox tale about a holy fool.
10/10/202259 minutes 39 seconds
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Meet Dr. Ioana Popa

Meet Dr. Ioana Popa! Join Elissa for a visit with Dr. Popa, a National Board Certified Life Coach, with a host of additional qualifications that help her provide support and healing to families, those who are grieving, and more.
03/10/202259 minutes 42 seconds
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Meet Lee Kopulos

Lee Kopulos has been an active contributing member of several parishes throughout his adult life, and works in prison ministry as well as missions and outreach. He and his wife Linda have been married for 54b years, and have three adult children
26/09/202258 minutes 50 seconds
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Meet Fr. Steven Clark

Meet Fr. Steven Clark! The son of a Baptist Preacher, Steven studied music and thought a lot about theology -- specifically, what was meant by "The Word of God." When the U.S.S.R. Russian Choir under Alexander Shvesnikov released their recording of the Rachmaninov Vespers, he loved everything about it -- and especially the hymn's understanding of the Word. This led him from Florida to Russia and eventually to Orthodoxy.
12/09/202255 minutes 25 seconds
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Meet Dn. John Ma’ae

Meet Deacon John Ma'ae. He's a Southern California native, born and bred, who serves his parish at St. Barnabas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Costa Mesa, California, while also working for the past 12 years as the Cathedral Secretary at St. Steven Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California.
05/09/202259 minutes 8 seconds
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Meet Christian Gonzalez

Christian Gonzalez is the Director of Ministry at Orthodox Youth Ministries (OYM), the Assembly of Bishops’ new – and unanimously approved – Orthodox Youth and Young Adult Ministries Agency.” He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds multiple degrees from Wheaton College, Azusa Pacific University, and Luther Seminary. Well known for his work developing training materials like “Effective Christian Ministry” and podcasts like “We Are Orthodoxy” and “Pop Culture Coffee Hour,” he is passionate about upbuilding of the Church as the Family of God: a household that forms young people into the likeness of Christ
22/08/20221 hour 8 seconds
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Meet Voula Asimacopoulos

Voula Asimacopoulos is a Greek Orthodox woman and a primary care physician in the Chicago area. We’ll ask about her experiences in the Church as a divorced mother.
15/08/202259 minutes 22 seconds
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Meet Corina Gheorghiu

oin Elissa for a live conversation with Corina Gheorghiu! Corina is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in CA and a holistic life coach trained in a variety of psychosomatic modalities. Her main interest is the integration of the Orthodox psychotherapy of the deep heart, as the fathers of the ancient church taught us, and also validated by neuroscience, epigenetics, and some modern methods of psychotherapy
08/08/202257 minutes 9 seconds
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Meet Elizabeth Gatling

Meet Elizabeth Gatling! She's a project coordinator, a librarian, a mom — and a contributor to the new book, The Grace of Being There: Single Mother Saints in Our Lives.
18/07/20221 hour 4 seconds
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Meet Rebecca Hernandez

Dr. Rebecca Hernandez is both Native American (Mescalero & Warm Springs Apache) and Mexican American. She is a convert to Orthodoxy and shares about her journey to the church.
11/07/202259 minutes 53 seconds
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Meet Eric Ruthford

Meet Eric! Eric lives near Seattle, WA, and has had a number of careers: newspaper reporter, Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, homeless shelter financial manager, non-fiction writer, preemie-parent advocate, and fiction writer. The past few years. he has been a stay-at-home dad and written Voice in the Storm. He likes bicycling around Washington state, and landscape photography, too.
20/06/202259 minutes 18 seconds
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Meet Dario!

Join Elissa for a conversation with Dario Solis. Hailing from Austin, TX, Dario is a new convert to Orthodox Christianity with an amazing story to tell.
13/06/202259 minutes 3 seconds
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Meet Dr. Frank Papatheofanis!

The Founder and President of the University of St. Katherine joins Elissa to learn about his life and what led him to start this unique university in Southern California founded on Orthodox Christian principles.
30/05/20221 hour 14 seconds
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Meet Elise Photini

Meet Elise Photini, an Ancient Faith blogger and Elissa's guest on Everyday Orthodox this week! Elise Photini is raising her “littles” (no longer quite so little) on her own in the Pacific Northwest, where she works as a hospice nurse with half her heart, while the other half of her heart floats between writing and speaking on raising resilient, strong children and healing from trauma.
23/05/202258 minutes 41 seconds
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Meet Jennifer Anna Rich

Jennifer Anna Rich lives on a small farm near Portland, OR, with her husband, horses, sheep, chickens, cats, and dog. She tends the garden, makes parchment from her Saint Croix sheep skins, and runs Oblation Papers & Press with her husband, designing handmade paper goods. Jennifer is the author of Prayer Spa: Ancient Treatments for the Modern Soul.
15/05/202258 minutes 10 seconds
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Meet Hope Forti

Hope founded Families Together in 2017 after her first experience as a foster mom almost led her to turn in her license. Four years (and four kids) later, Families Together is matching isolated families with helpful, friendly volunteers through the Neighbors program in Colorado, California, Texas, Illinois, and Michigan. The Neighbors team matches up volunteers to help combat our nation's mental health and loneliness crises. Hope lives in Colorado Springs with four generations under one roof and juggles homeschooling a her 8-year-old Maximus while keeping two-year-old Mercy at a reasonable limit with her daily marshmallow intake (with lots of help from grandma and great grandma)
09/05/202255 minutes 34 seconds
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Meet Shereen Marcus

Shereen Marcus is a wife and mother of two boys who works a full-time job as a Veterans Law Judge for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. She's also an advocate for reforming Youth Ministry in Orthodox churches in North America. Starting with new ideas, writing abilities, and a knack for “kid-silliness,” Shereen did independent research into various youth ministry efforts and methodologies and began writing kids’ Christian education materials for her local parish. She furthered her work by completing a Master’s degree in Orthodox Theology, with a Youth Ministry Emphasis, from the University of Balamand, Lebanon in conjunction with the Antiochian House of Studies. From there, she took her materials to a bigger platform by launching “Bridges to Orthodoxy” in January 2020
01/05/20221 hour
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Meet Esteban Picornell

Meet Esteban Picornell! He's an Orthodox Christian, born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After first encountering Orthodox Christianity during the years when he lived in the greater Boston area, he returned to San Juan, where he spends his days between church (he likes to chant) at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in San Juan and work, workouts, neighbors, and family
11/04/202259 minutes 16 seconds
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Meet Fr. Serafim Baltich

Born and raised in the former Yugoslavia, Fr. Serafim moved to America in 1995 because of the war. At the monasteries in Ocala, FL, he met Elder Ephraim and realized his won monastic calling. After attending Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY, he became a hieromonk in 2008 at the New Gracanica Monastery in Illinois, where he still lives. Join Elissa as she visit with Fr. Serafim about his journey.
28/02/202259 minutes 56 seconds
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Meet Fr. George Bithos

Fr. George was a reconstructive dentist, but reinvented himself after 28 years, retiring and earning a PhD in Orthodox Theology and History. Ordained as a deacon in 2003, he became an advocate for people living with developmental disabilities, and then, after his retirement, was finally ordained a priest. Fr. George and Presbytera Ria have been married for over fifty years, have two grown, married children and five grand children. They enjoy traveling, cooking, entertaining and the arts
21/02/20221 hour 2 minutes 30 seconds
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Meet Natalie Gamble

Natalie is a wife and new mother who has worked as a dog bather, a mad scientist, and even put in some time in the morgue. Now she works as a fiber artist specializing in faith-based design as she strives to center her life on Chris
07/02/20221 hour 56 seconds
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Meet Daniel Girgis

Daniel Girgis is a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church, born and raised in New York City. He is a tonsured reader and chanter who received his Master of Arts in theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 2021. Prior to his time in seminary, Daniel also received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Long Island University, and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from SUNY University at Buffalo. In addition to his career, Daniel focuses on the integration of the oral transmission of Coptic chant and the analysis of liturgical manuscripts in order to not only preserve Coptic heritage, but to encourage Coptic faithful to reconnect and embody their tradition
31/01/202259 minutes 12 seconds
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Meet Matthew Donnowitz

Matt is a husband and father of two, and the principal of a Christian school in Austin, TX. He has an MA in Biblical Studies from Trinity School for Ministry (in Ambridge, PA) and is currently completing EdD in Educational Leadership at Concordia University in Texas. Matt was recently elected to the parish council at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin and recently sold his home in the suburbs north of Austin to buy a log cabin on a 4.5 acre property next to one of Elder Ephraim's monasteries--Holy Archangels--in Kendalia.
24/01/20221 hour 53 seconds
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Meet Dr. Patricia Bouteneff

On January 16, we'll be live with Dr. Patricia Bouteneff! She discovered Orthodoxy as a Fulbright Scholar in Greece, and is both a folklore scholar and a strategic communications professional. She is the President of the Executive Board of Axia Women, a 501(c)3 organization by, for and about Orthodox Women
17/01/20221 hour 31 seconds
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Meet Michael Sider-Rose

Michael Sider-Rose has been working for years in faith-based, off-campus experiential learning programs for youth, combining classes, internships and urban immersion. Now he's taking on a new project called the Orthodox Volunteer Corps. Listen in as Elissa talks with him about this innovative and important effort
10/01/20221 hour 15 seconds
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Meet Susan Habegger

Meet Susan Habegger! After living and working throughout Africa and Asia, she developed a humanitarian nonprofit, Thrive Life Skills, which speaks to the vision of discovering a courageous and peaceful way forward as related to our spiritual, emotional, and work life. One particular course, Moving Forward From Trauma, became an uninvited assignment of focus through events in her own life, but has opened the door to mission around the world.
20/12/20211 hour 1 minute 31 seconds
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Meet Jamey Bennett

Catch up with Jamey Bennett! We last spoke with Jamey in 2019, and since then he's married and had his first child! Jamey is the associate editor of the Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy blog, and a purveyor of arts with Royal Ruckus, whose albums you'll find on band camp.
13/12/202157 minutes 30 seconds
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Meet Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson is a painter and designer, mother of three daughters, and a founding member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Mission in Jackson, TN. She is a student in the Antiochian House of Studies. Her diverse background is the result of a minister’s daughter and woman of faith reclaiming joy from abstraction and finding it in the meeting of spiritual and material existence.
06/12/202158 minutes 5 seconds
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Meet Pres. Kathryn Tussing

Presvytera Kathryn is an artist whose goal is to connect creatively with others through humor, honesty, and/or purity of purpose. She loves book illustration, album art, portrait commissions, and comic work. When she's not creating art, she enjoys spending time with her husband, an Orthodox priest, and four kids, sewing, knitting, and taking long walks.
22/11/20211 hour 43 seconds
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Meet Fr. Yuri Hladio

Fr. Yuri Hladio is a priest who, along with his wife Nikyla, serves the budding community at St. Maria of Paris Orthodox Mission in Hamilton, Ontario. Fr Yuri is an improviser, musician, and podcaster with a heart for hearing and telling stories. You can find Fr Yuri's podcasts at
15/11/20211 hour 21 seconds
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Meet Nic Hartmann

Nic is a trained folklorist, a husband and father, a knitter, a third-generation comic book artist, and the author of the new book Northern Lights of Christ. We'll hear how, after surviving a natural disaster, he found a new life serving people in crisis.
24/10/202159 minutes 34 seconds
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Meet Kyra Limberakis

Kyra is a delightful and energetic Orthodox woman, doing great work for the church: she's the Director of Crossroad Summer Institute and Assistant Director of the Office of Vocation & Ministry at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Boston. Now's she's working to launch the Orthodox Volunteer Corps (OVC).
17/10/20211 hour 20 seconds
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Meet Jaden Emerson!

Jaden is a certified landman, a convert to the Orthodox faith, and a devoted husband and father. His mother was murdered, and his grandmother's dying wish was that someone would introduce her killer to Christ. Jaden rose to that call, and something truly amazing happened.
11/10/20211 hour 1 minute 17 seconds
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Meet Dr. Philip Mamalakis

Get to know Dr. Philip Mamalakis, a family man with a wife and six kids. He lives in Boston, teaching pastoral care at the Greek Orthodox Hellenic College Holy Cross Seminary. He often writes and speaks on marriage and parenting, and offers the Orthodox perspective on mental health.
03/10/202159 minutes 52 seconds
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Meet Dr. Gayle Woloschak!

Gayle is a professor and theologian working in molecular biology and bioethical issues (including work on medical ethics and climate change). We get to know her and learn about her participation in OCAMPR.
27/09/202159 minutes 42 seconds
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Meet Dr. Pete Patitsas!

Pete is an emergency medicine doctor with an MBA—and a family man, married for 14 years with four kids. He has been investigating the remarkably good health of the monks on Mount Athos and has now written a new book—The Athos Diet.
20/09/202150 minutes 39 seconds
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Meet Anna Marie Black!

One of St. Vladimir's Seminary's first female students, Anna Marie has coordinated the religious education curriculum at St. Tikhon's summer camp for 25 years. A children's librarian and a wordsmith with an MFA in writing for children, she is delightful and smart—and you're going to enjoy her!
13/09/20211 hour 2 minutes 9 seconds
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Meet Lucas Postolos

Lucas Postolos is a 26-year-old Orthodox Christian from Texas. He works in corporate restructuring, and he's coordinating a Pan-Orthodox young adult conference coming up this October. We'll be talking about growing up Greek in Texas, how he lives out his faith in the business world, and what purpose a conference for young adults might serve.
30/08/20211 hour 9 seconds
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Meet Elsie Saba

Born in the northern part of the Holy Land, near Galilee, Elsie made her way to California, and is the mother of two sons. She studied Optometry in Tel Aviv, worked as a Culinary expert at Williams Sonoma and gave cooking classes there, studied interior design is now a real estate agent.
22/08/20211 hour 1 minute 2 seconds
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Meet Dr. Michael Colburn

Michael Colburn is a mission specialist in linguistics and translation with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). He develops tools for translators of the liturgical texts, one of which is used by Fr. Seraphim Dedes for the AGES website. He served 13 years with the Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea.
16/08/202158 minutes 33 seconds
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Meet Anya Thetford Seidel

Anya Thetford Seidel was blessed to spend her early years next to the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania and has loved visiting monasteries ever since. Anya graduated from the University of Chicago, where she earned degrees in psychology and social work and spent much of her free time hanging out with an awesome group of Orthodox young people learning and practicing Byzantine music. She spends her days working as a behavioral health consultant in the Portland, OR, area and is grateful to be raising four children together with her husband Robert.
09/08/20211 hour 33 seconds
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Meet Cassie Emerson

Cassie Emerson lives a typical life in the suburbs as a wife, mommy, and residential architectural planner. However, contracting Lyme Disease five years ago turned her regular life upside down. At her lowest point, and frustrated with God, she received an unexpected miracle. Please join us for proof that God performs miracles every day!
02/08/20211 hour 49 seconds
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Meet George and Mona Giolas

Meet George and Mona Giolas! They were both born in the Chicago area, to families who had just recently immigrated. Today they're married and raising a family of their own, while also running the Giolas Foundation, which supports a number of domestic and international ministries.
26/07/20211 hour 3 minutes 7 seconds
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Meet Pres. Caroline Pavlakos

Join Elissa for a conversation with Pres. Caroline Pavlakos! Pres. Caroline grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and is a certified teacher who loves to work with the youngest kids. She and Fr. Andrew have a one-year-old themselves, and together they serve a parish in Florida.
19/07/20211 hour 7 seconds
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Meet Mat. Trudi Richter

Interviewing our very own Mat. Trudi Richter! She produces several of our live shows, so you may have spoken with her when you've called in with questions -- but now it's time to get to know her! She grew up in a German Mennonite home in Bolivia, and found her way to Indiana via Canada. Join us to hear the whole story!
12/07/20211 hour 28 seconds
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Meet Brandi Willis Schreiber!

Meet Brandi Willis Schreiber, a longtime West Texas native and published author of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, including most recently her spiritual memoir, A Long Walk with Mary: A Personal Search for the Mother of God, released by Ancient Faith Publishing this year. A convert to Eastern Orthodoxy, she attends St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Lubbock, Texas with her husband, David, and baby, Rex
21/06/20211 hour 1 minute 6 seconds
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Meet Dr. Anna Yallourakis

Anna is a faithful Orthodox woman, a dentist and mother in Southern California. Her work to support Sister Necatria's Orthodox orphanage in India has included creating two short films.
14/06/20211 hour 1 minute 8 seconds
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Meet Sherry Shenoda!

Meet Sherry Shenoda! She is an Egyptian-American poet and pediatrician, born in Cairo, living in California. Her work is at the intersection of human rights and child health. She is currently serving as a pediatrician in a non-profit health center caring for children in the community and who are transitioning out of homelessness. Her published works center on policy related to the effects of armed conflict on child health, on which she has briefed the US Senate. She was shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2019. She lives with her husband and two sons. The Lightkeeper is her first work of fiction.
07/06/20211 hour 45 seconds
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Meet Fr. Mikael Fälthammar!

Meet Father Mikael Fälthammar, an Antiochian priest building up a mission in Sweden! He's working on the translation of texts (both liturgical ) and on finding ways to introduce Orthodoxy in the Swedish context -- while also doing the services, working his regular job, and together with his wife, Kh. Frida, parenting and farming!
31/05/20211 hour 1 minute 18 seconds
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Meet Jeffrey Holton

Another interesting guest with Elissa. Jeffrey Holton is from the Bay area and is a high tech specialist as well as a convert to Orthodoxy
24/05/20211 hour 49 seconds
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Meet Tatiana Nikolova-Houston!

Tatiana Nikolova-Houston was secretly baptized in communist Bulgaria, learning the faith from her father, an accomplished puppeteer. She made her way to Texas, and became an iconographer and artist.
17/05/20211 hour 18 seconds
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Meet Lainie Horwedel!

For Mother's Day, Elissa has invited one of her very favorite Moms. Lainie Horwedel is a wonderful music teacher with a great sense of humor and an impressive opera background—but the defining role of her life may be as a mother and advocate, tirelessly fighting for her son.
10/05/20211 hour 2 minutes 48 seconds
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Meet Mika Radakovich!

Mika grew up Serbian Orthodox in Milwaukee, attending camp in Libertyville and serving the church. Now an octogenarian enjoying her grandbabies in Northern California, she looks back at her years spent serving the Patriarch Athenagoras Institute and IOCC.
19/04/202158 minutes 22 seconds
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Meet Hannah Bowick!

Hannah grew up without a lot of structure and without religion—but she found her way to Orthodoxy while she was studying at Berkeley, and is now a delightful and optimistic middle school teacher.
12/04/20211 hour 24 seconds
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Meet Mallory Kasapakis!

Mallory converted to Orthodoxy and became a Presvytera! She is married to a Greek Orthodox priest serving in Pensacola, Florida. She's a fun, outgoing mom with a young family that keeps her on the run!
29/03/20211 hour 48 seconds
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Meet Semele Halkedis Heller!

Semele Halkedis Heller was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, and is now living in Northern California. She was a project manager in tech, but left to be a stay-at-home mom to her three children. She serves on the board of directors of the National Youth Science Foundation, her local chapter of the Young Men's Service League, and her local Little League. In non-COVID times she spends a lot of time volunteering at her children's schools. Semele and her family attend Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Belmont, CA, where she taught Religious Ed for many years and served as the co-director of the Religious Ed program. She likes to joke that she's passed the church volunteering baton on to her husband, who converted to Orthodoxy after all their children were born, and now serves on the parish council.
22/03/202159 minutes 41 seconds
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Meet Sarah Gingrich!

Meet Sarah Gingrich, an Orthodox mother of six living in Lancaster, PA. She is a contributing author of Darkness Is As Light, and co-author of the upcoming Lenten devotional for teen girls Letters For Pilgrimage. She is a soap-maker by trade, and when not working she enjoys beekeeping, hiking, sewing, painting, and gardening. Originally from Montana, she's lived in Canada, Costa Rica, and for six years in Puerto Montt, Chile, as a missionary. The family worship at St. John Chrysostom Antiochian Orthodox Church in York, PA.
08/03/202159 minutes 37 seconds
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Meet Alex Tallent

Get to know Alex Tallent. She's a recent convert with a background in missions work. She a child abuse survivor and a gothic stay-at-home mom to a sweet toddler.
01/03/202159 minutes 48 seconds
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Meet Dn. Sal and Dka. Angela Fazio!

It's Valentine's Day on Everyday Orthodox. Meet a wonderful couple from Austin, Texas. In addition to serving the Church and raising two boys, they have a wonderful Christian Martial Fitness Ministry.
15/02/20211 hour 44 seconds
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Meet Cynthia Damaskos!

You have probably heard of her work at Holistic Christian Life and Filled with Less. Now get to know the woman behind these wonderful Orthodox whole health resources!
25/01/202159 minutes 52 seconds
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Meet Milan Obradovic!

Milan Obradovic is a scientist, a high school teacher, and author of The Path Amongst the Moravas (Међу Моравама пут), chronicling a bicycle trip with his two of his children tracing the paths of Saint Cyril and Methodius from Serbia to Slovakia. He and his wife, Olga, have six children and live in Serbia.
18/01/20211 hour 3 minutes 36 seconds
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Meet Pilar Kunz!

Pilar Kunz is a homicide detective and coroner on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana, and the mother of five! The whole family just converted to Orthodoxy, though the nearest parish is 325 miles from home!
11/01/202159 minutes 27 seconds
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Meet Eirene Arholekas!

Meet Eirene Arholetas, live on Everyday Orthodox! She's the writer behind and a talented artist. She's currently working on a PhD that combines Orthodox theology and psychology.
21/12/20201 hour 53 seconds
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Meet Joshua Gibbs!

Meet Joshua Gibbs, who teaches online classes at He is the author of How to Be Unlucky, Something They Will Not Forget, and The 25th: New and Selected Christmas Essays. He is an Alcuin Fellow, a frequent blogger for The Circe Institute, and the creator of the Proverbial podcast.
14/12/202059 minutes 58 seconds
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More with Roberta Sardell!

it's the return of Roberta Sardell! Last time she and Elissa had a fascinating conversation, and it's not over yet!
07/12/20201 hour 19 seconds
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Meet Earl Ryburn, Jr.!

Earl Ryburn, Jr. grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and taught Elissa and her Sunday School how to sing the Christ is Risen Resurrection hymn in ASL! He serves as a senior acolyte at Transfiguration in Austin, Texas, and works as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). He awaits ordination to the diaconate, having recently completed the Holy Cross program, and is now studying for a degree in Non-Profit Management at Colorado Christian University.
30/11/202059 minutes 59 seconds
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Meet Innocent Green!

We get to know Innocent Green! He and his wife and three children recently converted to Orthodoxy, after a long journey from the Church of Christ via the Reformed Church. After all that seeking, it was the Jesus Prayer that brought them home.
23/11/20201 hour 1 second
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Meet Michael Elgamal

Live this week on Everyday Orthodox: Michael Elgamal is the driving force behind Creative Orthodox. He is a Canadian Egyptian artist who digs for examples of virtue in the lives of ancient Christian saints and brings them to life in ink and colour. The illustrations he shares online visually hang in an awkward balance between ancient Christian art and childish scribbles. He published two graphic novels: Anastasis: the Harrowing of Hades on Christ's descent to hell and A Forest in the Desert on the life of Saint John the Short
16/11/20201 hour 1 minute 41 seconds
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Meet Fr. Evan Armatas!

We are live with Fr. Evan Armatas! You hear him answer questions on Orthodoxy Live every Sunday night, but how well do you really know him? We'll get to know Fr. Evan with an hour-long conversation about his youth, his decision to become a priest, his various interesting ministries, and his new book, A Toolkit For Spiritual Growth!
09/11/202059 minutes 49 seconds
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Meet Fr. Theodor Svane!

Meet Fr. Theodor Svane! A native Norwegian, he found Orthodoxy and then found his way to St. Vlad's! Now he's back home, at his mission parish, and he is delightful. Join us, and learn a little bit about Vikings and Scandinavia, and get to know a really lovely man.
02/11/202059 minutes 43 seconds
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Meet Summer Kinard!

Summer is the author of Of Such is the Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability (Ancient Faith 2019) and one of the authors of Seven Holy Women: Conversations With Saints and Friends (Ancient Faith 2020). She's also starting her own traditional small press!
26/10/202059 minutes 29 seconds
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Meet Kenny Kidd!

Kenny is the Executive Director of FOCUS North America, an Orthodox non-profit that brings Orthodox faithful together to serve the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors across the United States, including food, clothing, occupation, and shelter needs. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, and a social worker by education, Kenny’s career has afforded opportunities to serve on the front lines of homeless outreach/advocacy/services, as well as international Orthodox missions before coming to FOCUS in 2017. He was Chrismated into the Orthodox Church on Holy Saturday, 1997, at Holy Spirit Antiochian Orthodox Church in Huntington, West Virginia.
19/10/202059 minutes 6 seconds
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Meet Fr. Theodore Paraskevopoulos!

Elissa is live with the delightful Greek-Canadian priest, Fr. Ted Paraskevopoulos of FrTED Talks and iSermon. Father's specialty is the re-catechism of those of us who are born Orthodox, but who haven't really understood the faith. He's an excellent priest, and a lot of fun too.
12/10/202059 minutes 50 seconds
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Roberta Sardell

Roberta Sardell grew up Presbyterian in Boise, Idaho, but when she married a Californian she found herself on the West Coast. Roberta has been very active in her parishes, teaching Sunday School and helping to establish a few missions -- and even going on eight OCMC mission trips!
05/10/202059 minutes 7 seconds
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Meet Maria Koo Silva!

Maria Silva is the daughter of Fr. Gregory and Pres. Lisa Koo, the priest and presvytera at the Life-Giving Spring Monastery in Dunlap, CA. After college, she spent three months working at the Orthodox orphanage mission in Kolkata, India, run by Sr. Nektaria Paradisi. Inspired by Sister's incredible work, she and a handful of volunteers created a nonprofit organization called Fili, Inc. to support the Indian mission as well as other worthy humanitarian causes. Maria and her husband were chanters and youth leaders at St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, but three years ago, they made the decision to leave the bustling San Francisco Bay Area to raise their four girls close to the monastery in the countryside. At their home, Silver Goose Family Farms, they have a collection of pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, guineas, dogs and cats, and a milk cow named Cookie. Maria homeschools her children with the help and encouragement from the neighboring Orthodox community who also does the same. She als
28/09/202059 minutes 38 seconds
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Meet Ginny Nieuwsma

Ginny grew up in the Philippines with her missionary parents, making her a TCK (Third Culture Kid). She has been an editor, writer, project manager, and occasional podcaster for more years than she cares to admit. Twenty-six years ago, her family was chrismated into the Orthodox Christian faith, and shortly afterwards she edited the book Our Heart's True Home: Fourteen Warm Inspiring Stories of Women Discovering the Ancient Christian Faith. From 9-5, she is the editor of and works for St. Vladimir's Seminary's Advancement team. She also serves on the advisory boards of Classical Learning Resource Center (CLRC) and Orthodox Christians for Life (OCLife).
21/09/202059 minutes 12 seconds
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Meet Justin Bosl!

Justin Bosl planned to become a Catholic priest, but God had something else in store for him. Find out all about his wife, Annemarie, and their journey to Orthodoxy! Now they have four kids, and Justin is a partner at an Oakland, California, law firm who chants and teaches adult religious education. He just finished the Diaconate program at Holy Cross Seminary, and may be ordained a deacon one day soon! Very active both in his parish and the larger Orthodox Church, Justin serves on the Board of FOCUS North America, and St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center.
14/09/202059 minutes 3 seconds
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Lisa Rigisich

Elissa Bjeletich talks with Lisa Rigisich! Lisa found her calling as a high school English teacher and was blessed with two wonderful sons. Life took a turn when her husband underwent a series of unsuccessful brain surgeries, leaving him with memory and stimuli-filtering challenges. Learnt how these unexpected struggles have borne fruit in her spiritual life, and how she's finding God's peace in the midst of the storms
07/09/202058 minutes 43 seconds
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Meet Eddie Bocanegra!

Eddie is a brilliant and fascinating Orthodox convert who develops and oversees programs to address trauma and violence in Chicago.
24/08/20201 hour 1 minute 5 seconds
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Meet Megan Hieger!

This eloquent Orthodox teacher in Forth Worth, Texas, talks about teaching during a pandemic.
17/08/202057 minutes 19 seconds
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Meet Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick

He is the new Chief Content Officer for Ancient Faith Ministries. He is the author of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy and other Ancient Faith books. He is the co-host of the Areopagus podcast and the Amon Sul podcast. He is Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick.
10/08/20201 hour 1 minute 12 seconds
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Meet Mikaila Demetroulis

This week, meet Mikaila Demetroulis, live on Everyday Orthodox! Get to know this bright young Orthodox woman! A longtime camp counselor and now a traveling nurse, Mikaila is just starting out in life.
03/08/202055 minutes 53 seconds
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Meet Malena Adzich

Malena is a delightful Serbian Orthodox woman in Northern California who tells us about growing up in a close community, her various female role models, and the mission opportunities she has enjoyed.
27/07/202058 minutes 7 seconds
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Meet Jackie Morfesis

Jackie is an energetic Orthodox woman in Charleston, South Carolina. She's a published poet, the author of many articles and a new book, and she serves the Church in many different ministries.
20/07/202058 minutes 52 seconds
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Meet the Candelarios!

Josef and Effie are a young couple serving as missionaries in an unexpected place—Sweden! Find out why.
13/07/202059 minutes 42 seconds
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Meet Pamela Filutowski!

Pamela Filutowski teaches Adult Spiritual Enrichment at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Orlando and works in the parish gift shop, selecting and ordering Orthodox books for the store. She is the mother of three and has been married for 30 years to her husband Konrad.
22/06/202055 minutes 13 seconds
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Meet Oleksa Lozowchuk

Meet the very talented and fascinating Oleksa Lozowchuk! He is a Canadian Academy nominee and an award-winning music composer (and music producer, music director, music supervisor, and multi-instrumentalist!) whose work spans many genres.
15/06/20201 hour 3 seconds
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Meet Fr. Dn. David-John Williams

A British deacon in the Serbian Orthodox Church, Professor at the Orthodox St. Katherine's University in San Diego, creator of beautiful vestments, father and husband, Fr. Dn. David-John Williams is fascinating and fun!
08/06/202058 minutes 45 seconds
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Meet Patrick and Laura Landfair!

Patrick and Laura live on an Arkansas farm with their 19-month-old daughter, Elizabeth. They very recently converted to Orthodox Christianity after being lifelong evangelicals. Patrick is a musician and has been in a number of touring punk bands through the years. He recently started a no-dig garden. Laura has a degree in musical theater and is an actor and yoga teacher.
01/06/202047 minutes 11 seconds
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Meet Ariane Trifunovic Montemuro

Elissa interviews Ariane Trifunovic Montemuro, a Serbian-American author, podcaster, and artist, with a passion to preserve the faith for future generations. Her paintings (called Orthodox Narratives) are strongly influenced by iconography, and her portrait of Patriarch Pavle hangs in his home museum.
18/05/202059 minutes 23 seconds
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Meet Dr. Timothy Patitsas

Dr. Tim is the beloved professor of ethics at Holy Cross Orthodox Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts, as well as a founder of Beauty First Films, which is producing documentaries on Patmos and Holy Week in Jerusalem. He has just published his opus: The Ethics of Beauty.
11/05/202058 minutes
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Meet Fr. Paul Drozdowski

A lifelong artist, Fr. Paul formally studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and design at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, earning a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts. Subsequently, he spent a year-and-a-half studying at Holy Trinity Theological Seminary in Jordanville, NY. During that time, he simultaneously worked under the tutelage of master iconographer Fr. Andrei Erastov and began fulfilling monastery orders almost immediately. Since then, Fr. Paul has fulfilled many commissions for both churches and individuals, and his work can be seen coast to coast. He is also the illustrator of the children's book St. Seraphim's Beatitudes, authored by Fr. Daniel Marshall. Fr. Paul is a protodeacon and serves at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in Howell, NJ.
04/05/202058 minutes 46 seconds
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Meet Noelle Bryce!

Born in Damascus, Noelle is a wife, mom, chanter, and estate planning attorney in Southern California. She talks about Christian burial practices and planning for the future.
27/04/202057 minutes 43 seconds
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Meet Fr. John Bethancourt

Fr. John is a convert to Orthodoxy who brought his entire Santa Fe parish into the Church! Listen to his fascinating story and get to know this delightful soul.
06/04/202058 minutes 50 seconds
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Meet Valerie Yova

Valerie is a dynamic and very talented music director and vocalist. Born Romanian Orthodox, she lives mostly among converts and has a lot of insights for all of us.
30/03/20201 hour 47 seconds
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Meet Michelle Diaz-Nanasca

Michelle writes children's literature and a blog called "Hopeful Patience," which is about various struggles, including infertility issues. She is the full-time caregiver for her husband and an administrative assistant at an Antiochian parish.
23/03/202058 minutes 8 seconds
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Meet Sam Cox!

Sam is a graphic designer and documentary filmmaker. His documentary New Men, which is about an Orthodox monastery, inspired his conversion to Orthodoxy. He is currently a 2020 Epicenter Frontier Fellow and a mediocre improv comedian.
16/03/202059 minutes 32 seconds
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Meet Zach Sherman

Zach Sherman is a veteran high school literature teacher and a father of three. He was born and raised in the Church of Christ, in which he met his wife and began to raise his children. His journey to Orthodoxy began about 6 years ago with reading a seemingly simple footnote in a book. Eventually, he, his wife and children were all received into the Orthodox Church together on Lazarus Saturday of 2017. Zach and his family attend St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Church in Spring, Texas, where he serves on the parish council, and his wife teaches church school.
09/03/202058 minutes 51 seconds
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Meet Sandra Anderson!

Sandra Anderson works in ministry development and has recently written A Handbook of Ministry Resources, Recommendations, and Reflections.
24/02/202057 minutes 59 seconds
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Meet Steve and Theophani Sarigianis

Elissa talks with newly appointed Orthodox missionaries Steve and Theophani Sarigianis. They met at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Massachusetts and found that they share a passion for mission work. Married in 2017, they are about to embark on a great adventure: they're moving to Albania with OCMC!
17/02/202059 minutes 41 seconds
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The Romanovs

Nick Nicholson joins us live to talk about the Monastery of Mesa Potamos' new intimate and lively biography of the Romanov family, which is based on diaries, letters, and memoirs never before seen in English.
10/02/20201 hour 44 seconds
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Meet Dn. Adam Roberts

Get to know Dn. Adam—filmmaker, author, and Ancient Faith podcaster. He's a content creator for the Antiochian Archdiocese.
27/01/20201 hour 2 minutes 10 seconds
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Meet Laura Jansson!

Laura Jansson is delightful! She's a doula, a childbirth educator, and a mother, living and writing at the intersection of birth and faith. She has lived all around the world and is the author of Ancient Faith Publishing's Fertile Ground.
20/01/20201 hour 4 minutes 44 seconds
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Meet Gail Saenz!

Gail is a retired music teacher and a convert to Orthodoxy. Formerly a pastor in a Charismatic church, Gail had some amazing experiences on the road to the Orthodox faith.
13/01/202057 minutes 8 seconds
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Meet Laura Lee Orser!

Bright, bold, and poetic, Laura Lee is a convert to Orthodoxy who, at the height of her career as a CEO, suffered a devastating brain injury. Hear about her battle back, regaining language processing and simple life skills—and the lessons she's learned along the way.
06/01/20201 hour 46 seconds
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Meet Fr. Ignatius Lozano!

Fr. Ignatius Lozano is a ROCOR priest in Lockhart, Texas—the famous home of Texas BBQ. We talk about his interesting life story, in which a nice American kid discovers Orthodoxy and becomes a ROCOR priest in the middle of rural Texas.
23/12/20191 hour 45 seconds
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Meet Veronica Hughes

Former New Age Spiritualist and now Orthodox author Veronica Hughes joins Elissa tonight.
16/12/20191 hour 48 seconds
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Dn. Nicholas Kotar

Deacon Nicholas Kotar is a writer of epic fantasy inspired by Russian fairy tales, a freelance translator from Russian to English, the resident conductor of Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary choir in Jordanville, NY, and a semi-professional vocalist.
09/12/201959 minutes 14 seconds
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Meet Fr. Ilya Gotlinsky

Fr. Ilya fell in love with pilgrimage and has found a way to live the dream: he leads pilgrims on Orthodox Tours to holy sites all over the world! We hear how he found his way into such a life and all about his travels to the Holy Land and Greece, Russia and the Balkans, Italy, Ireland, and Western Europe.
02/12/20191 hour 1 minute 41 seconds
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Meet Bobby Maddex and Molly Sabourin!

Bobby Maddex is AFR's fearless station manager, and his sister, Molly Sabourin, is the original Orthodox influencer and all-around creative spirit. Hear about their new book club and how these two siblings get along.
25/11/20191 hour 24 seconds
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Meet Fr. Seraphim Holland

Fr. Seraphim talks about his very interesting life and work— from the small mission he's built into a beautiful and strong parish, to a robust prison ministry which carries him all over the state, to his work with the Church in Africa!
11/11/20191 hour 2 minutes 5 seconds
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Meet Dr. Kathryn Bocanegra!

Kathryn is the mother of five daughters with a son on the way, and the Senior Advisor to the Illinois Attorney General on issues related to violence prevention and crime victims. She and Elissa talk about how she lives out the faith supporting crime survivors.
04/11/20191 hour 1 minute 19 seconds
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Meet Summer Kinard!

Summer is the mother of five, a student of theology, and an autistic woman parenting autistic children. How can our Holy Church welcome and support everyone, no matter their disabilities?
28/10/20191 hour 25 seconds
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Meet Alexis Pappas

Alexis Pappas works in youth ministries and religious education at her parish in Birmingham, Alabama. Her joy is contagious.
21/10/20191 hour 36 seconds
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Meet Hannah Vazquez!

Hannah Vazquez is wife to Will and mother of four, ages 9-2, with one on the way. They live in rural Indiana where they have space to garden and let the kids run free. She enjoys making her home a haven while trying to keep Christ at the center. She has contemplated seeking the kingdom of God while fulfilling her motherly responsibilities for several years and continues to seek and learn—and this is the subject matter of her new AFR podcast All These Things,
14/10/201958 minutes 57 seconds
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Meet Christine Hallberg!

Christine Hallberg is an Orthodox Christian living in Cary, NC. Chris has played a lot of roles in her life. Wife and mother, actor and educator, movie buff and current church school director. In 2013, at the age of 36, she got one more role she wasn’t counting on—breast cancer patient and survivor. Join us as we discuss the spiritual side of Chris’s journey through breast cancer.
07/10/20191 hour 1 minute 26 seconds
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Meet Fr. Nebojsa Pantic

Elissa Bjeletich will be talking with Fr. Nebojsa Pantic, a man who was sure he would never be a priest.
30/09/20191 hour 6 minutes 51 seconds
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Meet Joni Zavitsanos!

Joni is funny and smart, she's a cancer survivor, a mom, and a Sunday School teacher—and she's also an artist with a show opening soon at Fordham in New York City! Joni's father was a renowned iconographer, and her own art uses images and inspiration from Byzantine art and iconography, blending them with modern images to beautiful and profound effect. Check out her art here.
09/09/20191 hour 1 minute 30 seconds
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Meet Dr. Timothy Patitsas

You'll enjoy Elissa's conversation with Dr. Tim Patitsas, ethics professor at Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA. You'll hear about his upbringing in Kent, Ohio, his relationship with urban planning author Jane Jacobs, his work with Beauty First Films, and a new very non traditional calendar you may want to see.
02/09/20191 hour 3 minutes 29 seconds
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Meet Jamey Bennett

Jamey Bennett visits Elissa's Austin studio! Jamey's rap group Royal Ruckus released their latest album, Unexpected Joy (dedicated to the Holy Theotokos), on the Feast of the Dormition—and they're in Austin for a release party. Join us as we talk to Jamey about the journey that led him to become so active in the Orthodox Church and the independent hip-hop scene.
19/08/201958 minutes 34 seconds
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Meet Kh. Jocelyn Mathewes

Elissa interviews Kh. Jocelyn Mathewes, a fine artist and image-maker in rural Tennessee who cooperates with the sun to create gorgeous cyanotypes.
12/08/20191 hour 1 minute 5 seconds
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Meet Thomaida Hudanish

Thomaida Hudanish joins Elissa Bjeletich for a fascinating discussion about outreach, evangelism, Orthodox films, and a new calendar unlike any you've seen before.
05/08/201959 minutes 25 seconds
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Meet Kate Stevenson

She saw a vision of St. Basil and now she credits him for bringing her through cancer. Kate Stevenson is Elissa Bjeletich's special guest who is a cancer survivor and energetic youth worker.
29/07/201959 minutes 21 seconds
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Symeon van Donkelaar -  Part 2

Elissa Bjeletich welcome back Symeon van Donkelaar, the iconographer using natural pigments he finds around the village of Conestoga in Ontario, Canada. He's back to tell us all about his new project, Icons in the Home.
22/07/20191 hour 5 seconds
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Meet David Surrett

Born in Selma, Alabama, to a Southern Baptist family, David was called to ministry from an early age. He gave that all up to embrace Orthodoxy.
01/07/20191 hour 3 minutes 6 seconds
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Jon Boatwright - Part 2

Elissa Bjeletich welcomes back actor Jon Boatwright who shares his story about coming to Orthodoxy.
24/06/20191 hour 1 minute 31 seconds
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Meet Fr. Methodios!

Meet Fr. Methodios from the St. Barnabas Orphanage and School in Kenya! Father never set out to establish an orphanage, and yet here he is! Learn how his calling unfolded, and how he has embraced a kind of reckless love that relies on God to provide!
17/06/20191 hour 5 minutes 23 seconds
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Meet Matushka Wendy

You are going to really enjoy Matushka Wendy. From her religious education advice to her advocacy for those with disabilities, she has so much to offer the Orthodox world -- and yet what you'll really appreciate is her wit and down-to-earth charm.
10/06/201959 minutes 48 seconds
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Meert Deb Tindle

Meet Deb Tindle, an Orthodox woman in Austin, Texas, who teaches high school Sunday school with Elissa! Deb is an occupational therapist specializing in manual therapy to treat chronic pain, and who often encounters the divine with her patients as they enter into suffering.
03/06/20191 hour 21 seconds
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Meet Elisabeth Evans

Meet Elisabeth Evans! Elissa Bjeletich and Elisabeth talk about growing up in Alaska, her life in the lower 48, and fostering as a path to adoption.
27/05/20191 hour 6 seconds
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John Shelton - Reprise

His last appearance was shortened by technical difficulties but we felt you would want to hear his whole story. John has a passion for ministry and a love for bringing people closer to Christ. Although he was raised in an Orthodox home, John had to come to grips with his faith while in college.
20/05/201958 minutes 43 seconds
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Meet Bev. Cooke

Bev's first love is writing for young adults, and now she has given herself to writing Akathists. Hear about her work and her life in Victoria, British Columbia.
13/05/201959 minutes 6 seconds
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Meet Jonathan Boatwright

Get to know Jon Boatwright, an Orthodox actor in Hollywood.
06/05/20191 hour 35 seconds
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Meet Dr. Maria Khoury

Elissa interviews Dr.Maria Khoury. Dr. Khoury lives in Palestine, on the West Bank of the Jordan River, in the Biblical land of Judea and Samaria. She has authored many articles dealing with the Christian presence in the Holy Land and the Palestinian struggle for independence and freedom.
22/04/201955 minutes 20 seconds
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Meet Annalisa Boyd

Don't miss this fascinating interview with Annalisa Boyd, mother of 9, foster mother of many more, and author of the popular prayer book for teens - Hear Me.
15/04/20191 hour 45 seconds
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Meet John Shelton

John has a passion for ministry and a love for bringing people closer to Christ. Although he was raised in an Orthodox home, John had to come to grips with his faith while in college.
08/04/201932 minutes 52 seconds
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Meet Dr. John Demakis

Dr. John Demakis joins us tonight! He is a physician who has done wonderful work, abroad with OCMC and right here at home! He's known all sorts of people, like Patriarch Athenagoras and Archbishop Anastasios. He's a fascinating and wonderful man, and I know that you're going to love getting to know him.
01/04/201956 minutes 58 seconds
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Meet Irene Perez

Meet Irene Perez, an iconographer and mom originally from Venezuela. Irene's family remains back home even as Venezuela crumbles. Irene came to the United States and found Orthodoxy through a complex and fascinating path, and today she teaches iconography and is raising her teenage son with her husband, Simon.
25/03/201956 minutes 53 seconds
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Meet Caroline Langston

Elissa's guest is Caroline Langston. Caroline was received into the Eastern Orthodox Church in 1996, and was a founding faculty member in writing at the experimental Orthodox college, Rose Hill, in Aiken, South Carolina. Since 1998, she has lived in the Washington, D.C., area, and worked in foundation relations at NPR, The Center for Public Integrity, The Atlantic, and the Global Investigative Journalism Network. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple quarterlies, and her stories have been selected for the Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the American South anthologies. She has been a regular contributor to Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion’s Good Letters blog since 2008, and has been a commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered.
11/03/201954 minutes 3 seconds
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Meet Melinda Johnson!

Melinda is the delightful, whimsical and energetic Director of Marketing (and Fun) for Ancient Faith Ministries, and the author of several books (The Other Side of the Bonfire, Letters to Saint Lydia, The Barn and the Book, Shepherding Sam and Piggy in Heaven). Melinda enjoys writing for children, knitting, walking and talking, recipe books with pictures, and friendly four-legged animals. She is truly a delight, and we're pretty sure you're going to love her.
04/03/201950 minutes 29 seconds
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Meet Kristina Wenger

This Sunday on Everyday Orthodox, meet the delightful Kristina Wenger! A mom of two who enjoys interacting with little people, she taught first grade and Sunday church school, homeschooled, and co-founded an educational organization. She works part time for the Antiochian Orthodox Department of Christian Education, managing several of their media ministries and writing curriculum. She is also a storyteller who voices some of Ancient Faith’s audiobooks, as well as the “Let Us Attend” and “Tending the Garden” podcasts. Kristina and her husband have two grown children and are members of St. John Chrysostom Church in York, PA. She is the co-author of Tending the Garden of Our Hearts: Daily Lenten Meditations for Families.
25/02/201952 minutes
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Get To Know Steve Christoforou

Steve Christoforou is best known for his media work on Be the Bee, Live the Word, We Are Orthodoxy, and Pop Culture Coffee Hour. He is also the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the GOA.
18/02/20191 hour 51 seconds
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Meet Charles Youngblood

Elissa Bjeletich welcomes Charles Youngblood! From his work as an assistant Navy Chaplain (serving in combat in Iraq) to his years with the Crimes Against Children Division of the Waco police force, he has so much interesting and valuable experience to share. Now a student at St. Vlad’s, Charles hopes to make use of his training certification to help Orthodox communities fight child abuse and sex trafficking.
11/02/201959 minutes 47 seconds
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Meet the Louh’s

He's a cradle Orthodox priest who went to an Evangelical seminary. She's a Psychologist with her own practice as well as a Presvytera in a large parish. Together they host a live call in show on Ancient Faith Radio. Elissa talks to Fr. Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh on Everyday Orthodox.
04/02/20191 hour 1 minute 37 seconds
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Meet Maria Georgeton

Maria Georgeton is an attorney and all around interesting person who is very involved in the Oratorical Festivals for the Greek Archdiocese.
28/01/20191 hour 1 second
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Symeon van Donkelaar

Elissa Bleletich's guest tonight is Symeon van Donkelaar. He uses local wood, soil, plants, and even bones to make icons.
21/01/20191 hour 38 seconds
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Matushka Anna Crawford on Miscarriage

Joining Elissa Bjeletich tonight is Matushka Anna Crawford the author of the excellent Orthodox resource for miscarriage and infancy loss,Lost Innocents, as well as the author of the blog, Praying With My Feet, and is the creative genius behind Cozy House Curios, a popular line of handmade items including censers and priest and nun dolls for children. Mentioned in the show was a Service after a miscarriage or still birth.
14/01/20191 hour 43 seconds
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Meet Zoe Filutowski

Zoë Filutowski, a Greek Orthodox Christian from Orlando joins Elissa Bjeletich. You cannot help but love her, because she's so insightful and energetic and creative. They talk about growing up Orthodox, about following her artistic passions, about some neat trips she's taken with OCMC and about what's it like to be a single young adult in the Church today and what unique struggles and challenges she faces.
07/01/201959 minutes 29 seconds
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The Sharing of Sacred Space,Sacred Objects, and Holy People in the Byzantine Mediterranean

Fr Dcn. David-John Williams is the parish Deacon at Saint Petka Serbian Orthodox Church in San Marcos, San Diego California.Dcn David and his wife Lauren have two young children Zoe and Theodore. Both Lauren and David work in the area as educators. In addition to his diaconal ministry Dcn David is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Saint Katherine San Diego and a post-graduate researcher at the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway University of London. His Phd research concerns the sharing of sacred space, sacred objects and holy people in the Byzantine Mediterranean. Born and raised in the U.K Dcn David’s original training was as a musician and was brought to the US on an entertainment visa by Warner Bros music as a professional musician for several years. While working in that capacity he became involved in fashion and design, designing shoes for a high end Italian designer and eventually moving into haute couture women’s wear. His experience in the design and textil
21/12/201859 minutes 16 seconds
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Meet Alexandria Ritsi: Missionary, Mother, Teacher, and Radio Host

Elissa interviews Diakonissa Alexandria Ritsi, a teacher, photographer, radio show host, and leader of OCMC short-term mission teams. Serving as an OCMC Missionary in Albania, she is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and attended Hellenic College. Serving in Albania with her husband and son Moses Anastasios since 2013, Diakonissa Alexandria is blessed to work closely with Archbishop Anastasios, a modern day missionary and living saint.
16/11/20181 hour 3 minutes 41 seconds
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Meet Fr. Kaleeg Hainsworth

The unlikely story of Fr. Kaleeg Hainsworth will give you renewed hope in the providence of God. Learn about his journey but also about his film project The Face of God, a documentary exploration into the beauty of God's creation.
02/11/20181 hour 1 minute 8 seconds
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Meet Sue Holland

Elissa interviews Sue Holland, the talented head chanter at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, Texas. Sue has a Masters Degree in Voice Performance, with a focus on opera, and a beautiful voice. She and her husband, Brian, have been developing a ministry called “Bringing Your Brokenness," which welcomes people with issues from depression and anxiety to addiction to bring their brokenness to God and to His Body, the Church.
26/10/201859 minutes 13 seconds
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Meet Jorge and Stefanida Luque

Elissa Bjeletich introduces us to a delightful young newlywed couple who have had more than their share of challenges beyond just being newly wed. Jorge is battling cancer in the midst of studying for the priesthood yet their faith remains strong. You can help the Luque's on their Go Fund Me page.
05/10/20181 hour 49 seconds
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Meet Jenny Stasinopoulos

Elissa interviews Jenny Stasinopoulos about public education and Orthodox youth ministry. Jenny likewise tells stories about life growing up in Oklahoma.
28/09/201852 minutes 1 second
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Meet Marlene Kosich

Elissa interviews Marlene Kosich. She lives in Northern California, and belongs to both the Serbian and Greek Irthodox communities. She is the grandmother of 5 boys, and Kuma (godmother) to Elissa’s husband, Marko! Kuma Marlene is a woman with hard-won faith and wisdom, and a fantastic sense of humor.
07/09/201858 minutes 54 seconds
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Introducing Adam Lockridge

Elissa interviews Adam Lockridge, the director of the St. Raphael Orthodox Online School.
24/08/20181 hour 51 seconds
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Finding your Niche

Elissa interviews Anna Cory about finding your niche in the Orthodox Church on a brand new Everyday Orthodox, a live show on Ancient Faith Radio.
10/08/20181 hour 16 seconds
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Introducing Pamela Dunteman

Elissa interviews Pamela Dunteman, a singer/musician and a mother of seven, grandmother of 13, who has lived most of her life in the Charismatic/Evangelical world, but who came home to Orthodoxy and is now living out the faith in the best parish in the world, located in Kansas City.
20/07/201855 minutes 58 seconds
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Marilyn Swezey Encore

Elissa Bjeletich welcomes back Marilyn Swezey with more stories from recent Orthodox history in Russia and here in the United States.
18/05/20181 hour 1 minute 49 seconds
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Meet Christian Gonzalez

Elissa Bjeletich welcomes Christian Gonzalez, a Young Adult Ministries Coordinator for the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. His newest podcast is We Are Orthodoxy.
04/05/20181 hour 4 minutes 35 seconds
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Bishop Basil Rodzianko

This Thursday on Everyday Orthodox, we'll talk with Marilyn Swezey, who is a wonderful storyteller with an inspiring love for our Orthodox faith. Marilyn worked with Bishop Basil for twenty years, and can tell us many stories about this holy man's beautiful life. You may already know Bishop Basil Rodzianko from the instant classic, Everyday Saints, in which Archimandrite Tikhon introduced us to a holy, loving and regal bishop who broadcast his Orthodox radio program in Russian on the BBC, infiltrating the Soviet airspace via radio waves throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s. After the death of his beloved wife, he was made a bishop, but he was concerned that because he had not lived a monastic life, he had never properly practiced obedience -- so his spiritual father, Met. Anthony Bloom, assured him that he would be in obedience to everyone under him, and he took that very seriously. In his later years, in Washington DC, Marilyn worked closely with Bishop Basil, truly a living saint, and w
19/04/201859 minutes 57 seconds
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Dr. Nicole Roccas

This Thursday night on Everyday Orthodox we'll be talking with Dr. Nicole Roccas! Nicole is an American convert who moved to Canada to be with her Greek Orthodox Canadian husband. She's fascinated with time and writes the beautiful podcast Time Eternal, and has just published her first book, Time and Despondency. Nicole is a scholar, a writer, and a really funny person. I think you're going to like her
16/03/20181 hour 35 seconds
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Hilary’s Lenten Adventure

As part of her PhD Dissertation research in Anthropology, in 2016 Hilary Bethancourt undertook "The Lenten Season Study: A Research Project on Diet, Lifestyle and Health during the Christian Lenten Season". Orthodox Christians who were curious how the Lenten fast impacts our health, our mood and our energy signed up to be monitored and tested throughout Great Lent. Hilary will tell us the story of her study, how the results turned out, and what it was like to load up her car and travel across the country to meet up with Orthodox people throughout the country.
02/03/201857 minutes 11 seconds
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Fr. Silouan in Africa

Elissa Bjeletich interviews Fr. Silouan Brown about his ministry work with missions in Africa and how he’s found a way to put the gifts God gave him—not really missionary gifts—to work!
16/02/201859 minutes 48 seconds
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Megan Hieger

Elissa interviews Megan Hieger, a school teacher in Fort Worth, Texas, who has much to say about the single life and living in the moment for others.
02/02/20181 hour 32 seconds
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Meet Michael Strong

Michael Strong joins us to talk about his fascinating journey: from his picturesque 1950s childhood to his work in prison ministry and his conversion to Orthodoxy, his dramatic career in high tech with the ups and downs of startups and 'bubbles' and personal health struggles with narcolepsy, he has found life to be rife with opportunities for spiritual growth.
22/12/20171 hour 43 seconds
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Meet Katrina Bitar

Those of us who are in the struggle to raise our children with a love for Christ need role models and inspiration -- and tonight, Katrina Bitar joins Elssa telling us stories about her own upbringing and how her parents' Christ-like love allowed their children to grow and blossom. You'll also learn about the Focus North America YES program for young people.
08/12/20171 hour 43 seconds
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A Zimbabwe Story

Everyday Orthodox is back with another interesting Orthodox person with an unusual story. Denis Phocas was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and due to changes in the political situation there, eventually had to move his family to the United States. As Zimbabwe endures a military coup, Elissa and Denis talk about the situation there in years gone by, and about what it's like growing up Greek in Africa.
17/11/20171 hour 2 minutes 29 seconds
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Hurricane Harvey

Christi Ghiz, an Orthodox homeschooling mom from Houston, Texas, joined us to talk about the story of her family's escape from their home, which flooded in Hurricane Harvey. A volunteer in a fishing boat rescued them, and with the help of generous strangers, they made their way through the flooded streets to a friend's safe home.
03/11/20171 hour 2 minutes 28 seconds