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In Memoriam: Archpriest Peter Gillquist

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://albionfourthrome.blogspot.in/ Monday, July 2, 2012 In Memoriam: Archpriest Peter Gillquist
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 2 5:57 AM

      Monday, July 2, 2012

      In Memoriam: Archpriest Peter Gillquist

      Fr. Peter E. Gillquist, a retired clergyman of the Antiochian Orthodox
      Archdiocese of North America, fell asleep in the Lord last night at the
      age of seventy-three. Born into a Lutheran family, the future priest
      went on after university to become a full-time staff member of the
      Evangelical Protestant Campus Crusade for Christ, eventually becoming
      one of the organization's regional directors. He also worked as a senior
      editor for Thomas Nelson Publishers, being involved in the 1970s on the
      overview committee for the New King James Version Bible.

      While still working with Campus Crusade Fr. Peter and some of his
      colleagues became convinced through their studies that the Orthodox
      Church was the only one that had preserved the ancient Christian Faith
      through the centuries. In 1973 this led to their organization of a
      network of house churches in the USA and Canada, at first called the
      "New Covenant Apostolic Order" and later (after 1979) the Evangelical
      Orthodox Church <http://www.evangelicalorthodox.org/> (EOC), as part of
      their efforts to live the Orthodox Faith as they knew it.

      After exploring the possibility of joining the Greek Orthodox
      Archdiocese of North and South America or the American Orthodox Church
      (OCA) the majority of the EOC joined the Antiochian Orthodox
      Archdiocese. (Although several EOC parishes that initially refused to be
      united with the Orthodox Church were later accepted through the OCA.)
      Fr. Peter went on to serve as director of the archdiocesan department
      for missions and evangelism as well as project director for the Orthodox
      Study Bible <http://orthodoxstudybible.com/>. He reposed due to a
      recurring skin cancer. May his memory be eternal! Further information
      about Fr. Peter and funeral announcements should be posted here

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