Kishkovsky ticks off some names: Dimitri Royster, bishop of Dallas, a former Southern Baptist; Seraphim Storheim, bishop of Canada, formerly Lutheran, then Anglican; Pierre (now Peter) Huillier, bishop of New York and New Jersey, a former Catholic from France.
That man was Peter E. Gillquist
, a former Campus Crusade for Christ staff member, who led more than 2,000 evangelicals into the Antiochian Orthodox Church
Back in the late 1960s, Gillquist
and some friends were "looking for the true New Testament church," said his
wife, Marilyn, who participated in this venture.
"We had become convinced that the church was the means to fulfill the great commission," he
fellow evangelicals then became, in a sense, forerunners of one particular set of contemporary seekers: the ones who systematically study what most non-liturgical Protestants have been deprived of -- the Church Fathers.
"Our background as evangelical Christians meant that we somewhat knew our way backward to the Protestant Reformation, and that we knew our way forward to A.D. 95, the end of the New Testament era," he
In other words, they had missed out on what happened theologically between the 2nd and the 16th centuries.
And now Father Peter E. Gillquist is archbishop Philip's director of Mission and Evangelism, doing what he used to do for Campus Crusade for Christ: gathering souls, except this time for a church where the Apostle Paul had his own conversion experience, which changed him from a persecutor of Christians to the Church's first and most important theologian.