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[[Image:Frjohnwhiteford.jpg|right|Fr. [[John Whiteford]]]]
My name is Fr. John Whiteford, and I pastor [ St. Jonah Orthodox Church], in [[w:Spring, Texas|Spring, Texas]].
I was born in [[w:Riverside, California|Riverside, California]] in 1966, and lived in [[w:Grand Terrace, California|Grand Terrace, California]]. My family moved to [[w:Murray, Kentucky |Murray, Kentucky]] in 1976, and then to [[w:Houston, Texas|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 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 [ St. Benedict Orthodox Church] in [[w:Oklahoma City|Oklahoma City]] ]] on November 10th, 1990.
I wrote an article entitled [ 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 [ Sola Scriptura: An Orthodox Analysis of the Cornerstone of Reformation Theology]. This essay has been translated into [ Russian, Serbo-Croat, Romanian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, and Swedish]. The Russian text was published as a [ booklet] by the [ 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 [ this photo] with Fr. [ [Elias Wen]] (who turned 110 in 2006, reposed on June 9th, 2007, and is perhaps was the oldest living priest in the Russian Orthodox Churchat that time).
I was ordained a deacon by [[Hilarion (Kapral) of Sydney|Archbishop HillarionMetropolitan Hilarion]] on March 4th, 1995, and a priest by [[Gabriel (Chemodakov) of Manhattan|Bishop Gabriel]] on January 14th, 2001.
I was a representative of the [[ROCOR]] [ Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America] at [[Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate|the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, in Moscow, on May 17, 2007]]. For more on that trip, you can [ click here]. I currently am the general editor of the [ St. Innocent Liturgical Calendar], and also post [ liturgical texts on our parish web site]. You can read some articles I have written over the years by [ clicking here], and listen to sermons by [ clicking here]. You can hear an interview I did on the subject of Sola Scriptura on the Illumined Heart Podcast by [ clicking here]. You can hear a discussion on the same show on the issue of Orthodoxy, Socialism, and Capitalism by [ clicking here]. You can also hear a discussion on Ancient Faith today on the issue of Gay "Marriage" by [ clicking here]. {{Template:User ROCOR}}{{Template:User clergy}}{{Template:User en}}{{Template:User ru-0}}[[Category:User Pages|{{PAGENAME}}]]

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