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[[Image:Frjohnwhiteford.jpg|right|Fr. [[John Whiteford]]]]
My name is Fr. John Whiteford, and I pastor [http://www.saintjonah.org St. Jonah Orthodox Church], in Spring, Texas.
I was born in [[w:Riverside, California|Riverside, California]] in 1966.
My family moved to Kentucky in 1976, and then to Houston, Texas in 1978.
I was raised in [[w:
the Church of the Nazarene|the Church of the Nazarene]], but began studying Orthodoxy while working on 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://conciliarpress
.bizhosting.com/ an_orthodox_analysis_of_a_protestant_bastion_private_interpretation_of_scriptur.html Sola Scriptura: An Orthodox Analysis of the Cornerstone of Reformation Theology].
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. [
http://orthodox.cn/news/20061119frelias_en.htm Elias Wen] (who turned 110 in 2006, and is perhaps the oldest living priest in the Russian Orthodox Church).
I was ordained a deacon by [[Hilarion (Kapral) of Sydney|
Archbishop Hillarion]] on March 4th, 1995, and a priest by [[Gabriel (Chemodakov) of Manhattan|Bishop Gabriel]] on January 14th, 2001.
You can read some articles I have written over the years by [http://www.saintjonah.org/articles.htm clicking here].