My Journey To Orthodoxy
By Else Tennessen
I was born in 1959 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I was baptized in a Protestant church. My parents were Methodist, and I was raised in various Methodist churches in Mexico City, Minneapolis, MN, Evergreen Park and Palos Heights, IL, and Columbia, SC. In the early 90s I began attending (and ultimately joined) a Presbyterian Church (PCA) in SC because I liked their closeness to Scripture and more traditional approach to Christianity.
It was while working for a Christian publisher that I began wanting more out of my spiritual life, out of my Christian life. I asked myself, is this all there is? What happened to the ancient church? After reading a biography on C. S. Lewis' mystical life I knew there had to be more, but where to find it? I enjoyed reading writings from the ancient church--they made so much sense to me!--and wondered why that church had "died out." Little did I know!
Well, the Lord is good about providing and He continued to lay out a trail of breadcrumbs that led me to the Orthodox faith. One day I found an image of Rublev's Trinity icon and read about it. It was so beautiful. I began to explore the art of icons and found the Eastern Orthodox Church. I read about the Faith and visited my first Orthodox church, first attending Vespers services, and then "graduating" to attending Liturgy. It was quite a contrast for me during that time to attend, on some Sundays, the Presbyterian church (now a USA church in the Chicago area) and then on other Sundays, St Luke Orthodox Church. The Orthodox church was balm to my soul and water to my thirst.
God is good. After a year of attending liturgies, I was chrismated an Orthodox Christian. I've never looked back.