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Welcome Father Barnabas Powell!

We are so pleased to add Father Barnabas to our family of speakers!  Host of the popular podcast “Faith Encouraged LIVE” on Ancient Faith Radio, and author of the daily devotional Faith Encouraged Daily, you will surely want him to speak at your next event!

Take a look at his speaker page here to find out more!



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Aphrodite Peponis

Aphrodite (Faye) is available to speak on: Iconography & Art, Theology of Icons, Icons of the Liturgical Seasons and more.

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Fr. Barnabas Powell

Fr. Barnabas is the host of Faith Encouraged LIVE on Ancient Faith Radio, and the author of the daily devotional Faith Encouraged Daily at He is currently the parish priest at Sts. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, GA. 


He is a former Pentecostal pastor that made the journey into the Orthodox faith after years of study and struggle. In fact, he insists that it was his Pentecostal background that prepared him for the Orthodox Church. Americans are trying to satisfy their spiritual hunger in a variety of ways in the modern age and the spiritual banquet of Orthodoxy is uniquely capable of fulfilling this hunger of the human heart.

But how do we communicate this beautiful faith to the average American?

As Orthodoxy has communicated the Good News since the beginning: By loving our neighbor as ourselves and daily practicing the Orthodox faith in our everyday lives.

The principles and wisdom of the Orthodox Faith strengthens community and family, and communicating this wisdom well is a the heart of Fr. Barnabas’ speaking ministry. It’s why he regularly ends his devotionals with the phrase “Be Orthodox on Purpose.”

In addition to his media outreach, Fr. Barnabas is also a member of the Frontliners; the First Responder Team of International Orthodox Christian Charities. He is active locally in his community through the local ministerial association and is currently working on the Metropolis level as the Task Force Coordinator for the Outreach, Evangelism, and Philanthropy Team for the Metropolis of Atlanta Strategic Plan. His “Orthodox on Purpose” Facebook page and his Twitter feed are among the growing Orthodox presence in social media.

Fr. Barnabas has traveled the country speaking in parishes about parish renewal, outreach to neighbors, spiritual maturity, and purposeful practice of the Faith in everyday life. His question to parishes all across the country is “Why don’t your neighbors walk to your church on Sunday morning?”

Fr. Barnabas has a Bachelor degree in Theology from Toccoa Falls College and is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology with a Master of Divinity.



Orthodoxy and American Christianity

Biblical studies

Religious Trends in America and the West

Timeless Faith in an Age of Societal Change

Church Growth

The Power of Preaching

The Connection between Theology and Daily Life




Fr. John A. Peck

Fr. John is available to speak on: Orthodoxy, New Media, Marriage and Education.

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Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon

Fr. Patrick is available to speak on: Biblical Study, Church History, Orthodoxy and other Denominations, and more.

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Frederica Mathewes-Green

Kh. Frederica is available to speak on: Abortion, Feminism, Culture, Early Christian Spirituality and Art and Writing among other topics.

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Grace Zazzaro

Grace is available to speak on: Iconography, Art and more.

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Tasos M. Ioannides, PE, PhD

Professor Ioannides is available to speak on: Transfiguring American Pop Culture; America: Promised Land and Babylon; Science and Theology, and vice-versa; Liturgy, Worship and the Priesthood of All Believers; Orthodox Practice in the American Milieu; Relational Theology and the Rediscovery of Orthodox Traditions among others.

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