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Holistic Christian Life - Worshiping God - Mind, Body, Soul

Mar 2, 2021

Join Cynthia for the 100th episode of the Holistic Christian Life podcast, as she welcomes Dr. David Ford as her first guest for Season Three.  Dr. Ford, an expert on the writings of St. John Chrysostom, shares his knowledge by talking with Cynthia about what he feels St. John’s advice would be for people living through trying times.  Drawing from his letters to St. Olympia, we know he has a lot to say!  You will find this episode encouraging and uplifting in every way!


Dr. David Ford is Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.  He went to college at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where he majored in History.  Immediately after graduation he went to Liberia, West Africa, as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps; he served there for three years in the field of education. Upon returning, he entered the M.Div. program at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Here he learned about the Early Church, and through his continuing study of the facts of Church History, he realized that only Holy Orthodoxy has preserved the fullness of the Christian Faith.

Having graduated with an M.Div. degree, he then began the Ph.D. program in Church History and Historical Theology at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His wife, Dr. Mary Sanford Ford also works at St. Tikhon’s as Associate Professor of New Testament, and together they have co-written several books together.

Books that he has written, translated, or contributed to include:

  • Prayer and the Departed Saints
  • Marriage as a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married Saints
  • Women and Men in the Early Church: The Full Views of St. John Chrysostom
  • Wisdom for Today from the Early Church
  • History of the Church, volume 3
  • The Glory and Honor of Marriage: Orthodox Christian Resources
  • Tikhon of Moscow: Instructions and Teachings for the American Orthodox Faithful (1898 – 1907)
  • The Letters of Saint John Chrysostom to Saint Olympia the Deaconess
  • The Life and Works of Metropolitan Leonty (1876 – 1965),
  • Healing Humanity: Confronting Our Moral Crisis
  • Sing to Your Soul, vol. 1: The Narration of Salvation History in Selected Passages by Saint John Chrysostom

In addition, Dr. David is in the midst of selecting and translating a collection of about 20 entire sermons by St. John Chrysostom which have not been translated into English either ever before, or only in antiquated English and/or are located in obscure places.