It has just come to my attention that Fr Peter Gillquist reposed in the Lord. Please excuse the hastiness of this post but I thought it prudent to acknowledge his passing as soon as I heard it. I do this because I believe Fr Peter was one of the great standouts in American Orthodoxy. In my humble opinion, his leadership in bringing in the Evangelical Orthodox to the ancient Apostolic faith will be viewed as another Pentecost. If this country is to be baptized in the faith, that blessed day in which Metropolitan Philip Saliba brought in Fr Peter and his confreres, might be viewed as the turning point.
As many of you know, he had been struggling with cancer for several years. I’m a little sketchy on the details but I thought that it had been in remission for several years. Alas, the Lord knows the times and seasons and we are called to be obedient to His will. Although I do not know the details of his final days, I am sure that he was praising the Lord. Because of what he meant for American Orthodoxy, Monomakhos will cease publication for three days. (Commentary of course may proceed.)
May his memory be eternal!
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Archpriest Peter Gillquist, longtime pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church in Bloomington, Indiana and prominent American convert to Orthodox Christianity, died on Sunday, July 1, 2012 after a long battle with metastatic melanoma cancer.
In the 1960s, when Fr. Peter was on staff with the Evangelical parachurch organization Campus Crusade for Christ, he and some friends began to search for the apostolic, historic Christian Church. Under their leadership, a large number of evangelical congregations united as the Evangelical Orthodox Church. Almost twenty years later, in 1987, the EOC was received into the Orthodox Church by the Antiochian Orthodox Church of North America. Fr. Peter recorded this story in his book, “Becoming Orthodox”.
In the 1960s Fr. Peter was a senior editor with Thomas Nelson Publishing. He later helped found Conciliar press, and was its chairman for many years. He served as project director for the Orthodox Study Bible project. Conciliar press published a number of his books, which in addition to “Becoming Orthodox” included “Let’s Quit Fighting over the Holy Spirit”, “The Physical Side of Being Spiritual”, “Love is Now”, and “Why We Haven’t Changed the World”.