This blog started as the spiritual journey of the Second Life character, Cyprian Bluemood. However, the character’s real life creator turned it into a journal of his religious perspectives, sermons, and a chronicle of his conversion from African-American Baptist to Eastern Orthodoxy (Antiochian). The Order is not a true organization. But, an expression of one man’s commitment to the relentless pursuit of ancient Christian spirituality in the modern world.
John R. Gresham, Jr. is a graduate of Virginia State University and the Evans-Smith Leadership Institute of the School of Theology, Virginia Union University. John returned to his native King William County to serve as the President of the Pamunkey Baptist Association Sunday School Union, Moderator of the Association, and Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church where he served for almost 17 years. After over a year of private practice and study of Orthodox Christianity, John converted to the One Holy Apostolic and Catholic Church. He is a member of St. Basil the Great Antiochian Orthodox Church in Poquoson, St. Philip’s Prayer Discipline, and is the blog writer for the Virginia Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black. He resides with his college-sweetheart wife in West Point and works as the Education Support Specialist I at York River State Park. He is also the creator of and the photographer and writer for Baystride Images.