John R. Gresham, Jr. is the son and grandson of Baptist deacons and deaconesses. He is a graduate of Virginia State University and received a Certificate in Church Ministry through the Evan-Smith Institute of the Baptist General Convention and the Virginia Union University School of Theology. He served as the Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in West Point, VA and the Moderator of the Pamunkey Baptist Association.
John began studying the Orthodox Church in June 2012 and joined the St. Philip’s Prayer Discipline. After over a year of learning and practicing the ancient faith as much as possible as a Protestant minister, he left his church of 16 years and denomination of his childhood to become fully Orthodox. John serves as a chanter/reader at St. Basil the Great Antiochian Orthodox Church in Hampton, VA. For more about his journey into Orthodoxy, visit “The Modern Monastic Order of St. Simon of Cyrene”