Ancient Faith Ministries announces CEO’s 2023 retirement, launches search for successor

CHESTERTON, IN – John Maddex, co-founder and CEO of Ancient Faith Ministries (AFM), will retire in July 2023, the ministry has announced. John and his wife Tonya co-founded Ancient Faith Radio and oversaw the company’s merger with Conciliar Press, leading to the formation of the present-day organization, of which John was the first CEO. AFM has experienced remarkable growth under John’s leadership, transitioning from an energetic start-up to the premier English-language Orthodox…

Why Ancient Faith needs YOU at the Content Creator Conference

“The coming generation shall be told of the Lord, and they will declare His righteousness to a people yet unborn whom the Lord has made.” – Psalm 22 Ancient Faith Ministries has an honored past and a thriving present. It’s time to work on the future. Through the grace of God, AFM has become the biggest Orthodox Christian media ministry in English in the United States and probably the world. We work…

Fr. Jeremy Davis: Stumbling into Sacrifice

As an Evangelical Protestant kid, I picked up a certain idea of sacrifice: a worshiper lays his hand upon an innocent lamb, draining his sins into the creature, then a priest comes forward to end the animal’s life, thus satisfying God’s need to punish the sinner. I can’t pinpoint whom I learned this from or when—it was just in the air, so to speak. In hindsight, this interpretation was clearly a projection…

Ancient Faith Kids – New Project and Call for Video Submissions

Ancient Faith Ministries is building a private, subscription-funded Orthodox Christian children’s video channel called Ancient Faith Kids. A low monthly subscription (think $7 or thereabouts) will grant access to the whole collection, and subscription money will enable Ancient Faith to purchase video content for the channel. Video content featured on Ancient Faith Kids will be edifying, engaging, specifically Orthodox Christian, and lovingly adapted to the developmental and spiritual stages of childhood. Expanding…

2022 Ancient Faith Content Creator Conference Speakers and Sessions

We are happy to announce the speakers and topics for this year’s Ancient Faith Content Creator Conference! The conference will take place from Monday evening, September 19 through Thursday morning, September 22 at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA. Sessions will be taught both by Ancient Faith staff members and invited speakers. We’re also honored to be hosting representatives of several other Orthodox publishers, who will be available to talk with conference guests…

Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat 2022: Speakers and Topics

We are overjoyed to announce that the in-person Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat is back! This beloved gathering will take place on November 10-13, 2022, at Antiochian Village Conference and Retreat Center in Bolivar, PA. REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE HERE. Our theme this year is the Theotokos, and we have invited four wonderful women to lead us in learning more about the Mother of God. Below you’ll find their names, together with…

What Orthodox Single Parents Wish You Knew

As part of an outreach project at Ancient Faith Ministries, I recently started a private Facebook group for Orthodox single parents. As our conversation began, it quickly became apparent that it is as hard to be a single parent in the Orthodox church as out of it. One member described the life as a kind of asceticism that’s between marriage and monasticism, with elements of both vocations but without the religious or…

Upcoming AFP Release – Syria Crucified: Stories of Modern Martyrdom in an Ancient Christian Land

The book includes accounts and stories which have never before been revealed – harrowing episodes of young Christians dodging bullets on their way to school, monks and nuns huddling in prayer as fanatical armed insurgents surround their monasteries, priests and bishops heroically traveling the war-torn countryside to ransom their parishioners, and details of the plight of the last Christians of Idlib and the unbelievable journey of their kidnapped priest, Fr. Ibrahim.