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I was raised in [[w:Church of the Nazarene|the Church of the Nazarene]], but began studying Orthodoxy while working on my B.A. in Theology at [[w:Southern Nazarene University|Southern Nazarene University]] in [[w:Bethany, Oklahoma|Bethany, Oklahoma]]. I decided to convert not long after graduating from there in 1990. I was baptized at [http://www.russianorthodoxoklahoma.org/ St. Benedict Orthodox Church] in [[w:Oklahoma City|Oklahoma City]] on November 10th, 1990.
I wrote an article entitled [http://orthodoxinfo.com/inquirers/tca_solascriptura.aspx Sola Scriptura: In the Vanity of Their Minds], which laid out many of the theological reasons for my conversion. This article was published in the Christian Activist in 1995, and then was published in a revised and somewhat expanded form by [[Conciliar Press]] in 1996, under the title [http://www.conciliarpress.com/products/Sola-Scriptura.html Sola Scriptura: An Orthodox Analysis of the Cornerstone of Reformation Theology]. This essay has been translated into [http://www.saintjonah.org/articles.htm Russian, Dutch, German, Serbo-Croat, Romanian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, and Swedish]. The Russian text was published as a [http://www.anb.nnov.ru/book/catalog.pdf booklet] by the [http://www.anb.nnov.ru/ Brotherhood of St. Alexander Nevsky in Nizhny Novgorod], in 2000.
I married Wendy Woo in 1988, who was baptized in 1991 and took the name "Patricia". I now have two daughters, Elizabeth and Catherine, and you can see them all in [http://saintjonah.org/pics/freliaswen.jpg this photo] with Fr. [[Elias Wen]] (who turned 110 in 2006, reposed on June 9th, 2007, and was the oldest living priest in the Orthodox Church at that time).
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