Behind the Scenes


New Live Call-In Show!

Posted by Bobby · Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ancient Faith Radio is pleased to announce the debut of its third live call-in program. Titled “Faith Encouraged Live with Fr. Barnabas Powell,” the program will replace “Ancient Faith Today” on the second and fourth Sundays of each month beginning September 14. Kevin Allen, host of “Ancient Faith Today,” retired on August 11, ending his show’s two-year run.

“Faith Encouraged Live” will have a slightly different format and focus from “Ancient Faith Today.” While still featuring interviews with prominent Orthodox individuals on contemporary topics, it will also contain reflections and commentary by host Fr. Barnabas Powell, as well as readings from Scripture and the Church Fathers.

“The show will be much more varied and eclectic than ‘Ancient Faith Today,’” says Bobby Maddex, Operations Manager of Ancient Faith Radio. “The interviews will represent only a small portion of ‘Faith Encouraged Live,’ and what occurs on the program will change from broadcast to broadcast. We knew we could not replicate what Kevin Allen did with his excellent program. Fr. Barnabas has his own unique strengths, and this new show will play to them. It’s going to be a different sort of radio call-in program, but just as insightful and entertaining as ‘Ancient Faith Today.’ We couldn’t be more excited about its premiere.”

Fr. Barnabas Powell is priest at Sts. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, Georgia, and the host of the Ancient Faith Radio podcast “Life Encouraged.” He will also soon host the podcast “Life Encouraged Daily,” likewise on Ancient Faith Radio.

Listen to the debut of “Faith Encouraged Live with Fr. Barnabas Powell” on September 14, 2014, at 8/7c on Ancient Faith Radio’s streaming talk station.


Ancient Faith Documentaries

Posted by Bobby · Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Do you know about our Ancient Faith audio documentaries? They are located in the archives and are long-form stories on a wide variety of topics related to the Orthodox Church. Thus far, we have covered the golden wedding anniversary of the Hopkos; life at the monastery of the Transfiguration; Orthodoxy and the Cornerstone Music Festival; the Hogar Raphael Ayau Orthodox orphanage in Guatemala City; Wheaton College and the Church Fathers; administrative unity among the various Orthodox dioceses; and the Agia Sophia coffee shop in Colorado Springs. You can listen to each of these at this link here:

These documentaries are extremely fun to produce, and they represent, we think, one of the most effective means of exploring the Orthodox faith, using as they do a combination of music, onsite sound, and interviews to present multiple, in-depth perspectives on a single subject. We would love to create more such docs in the near future and would welcome your suggestions for topics. Please write me at with your ideas. It has been over a year since our last story, so we're due. Let's get it done together!


Project Updates

Posted by Bobby · Thursday, July 24, 2014

I just wanted to give you a few brief updates on some of the major projects we are working on. First on the list is AFR 5.0. As mentioned previously, we have hired an individual to tag and categorize all of our podcast episodes. I am pleased to report that our top twenty podcasts have already been completed in this regard, and we expect a huge chunk of the remaining podcasts to be finished by year's end. We are also beginning to see some of the elements of the new design, and they are fantastic. The new iteration of AFR looks as if it will be cleaner, more intuitive, and more attractive than our current site. It will also represent a more integrated approach to the various branches of Ancient Faith Ministries, offering the best in audio, video, writing, and publishing at a single location. We couldn't be more excited.

Our plan to broadcast live Divine Liturgies is also taking shape. Most of the equipment has been installed at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church (OCA) in Chicago, Illinois, and as soon as everyone involved has completed their summer trips and activities, we will be ready to calibrate this equipment and do a test run. Look for a special stream devoted to these broadcasts as early as this September.

Finally, the Ancient Faith Blogs are in the design process, and we have a number of top-notch bloggers committed to the project. Here is who we have lined up thus far:

Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy – Group blog, led by Fr. Andrew Damick

Roads from Emmaus – Fr. Andrew Damick

Glory to God for All Things – Fr. Stephen Freeman

The Morning Offering – Abbot Tryphon

Departing Horeb – Eric Jobe

Between Two Cities – Joel Miller

The Life of Faith – Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou

Close to Home – Molly Sabourin

On Behalf of All – Group blog, led by Gabe Martini

And here is a sample blog design. Each will have its own individualized theme while sharing a number of common characteristics. This is of course The Life of Faith by Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliou:

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