I am Fr. John A. Peck.
I have an intense interest in the study and application of Byzantine homiletics, in order to advance the practice of preaching the Gospel with excellence.
In creating Good Guys Wear Black, it is my goal to provide a resource for reflection, guidance, information and some sense of connection with chaste men who are discerning a vocation to Holy Orders.
In other words, to connect with those whom God is calling to the Holy Priesthood, or the Diaconate in Christ and to give them some direction, guidance and consolation on their journey.
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I was born in Detroit, MI, and received my B.A. in English Literature from Michigan State University. I converted to the Orthodox faith in 1992, and graduated from St. Herman Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska, in 1997 after serving as Administrator, and teaching courses in Introductory Speech and Communications, Introductory and Advanced English Literature, Basic Composition, Religious Education, and Orthodox Christian Psychology. I completed coursework towards a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and in 2009, was granted a D.Min. by Veritas Theological Seminary. My thesis became the book “Called To Serve: A Basic Bible Survey for Orthodox Christians.”
My work experience includes over 30 years as a graphic designer, decades of non-profit administration. After starting the world’s first 24 hour online Orthodox radio broadcast, I’ve been involved in spreading the Gospel via new media for the last 20 years.
I have written several workbooks and manuals for instruction: Called To Serve, Student and Leader’s Manuals, Divine Liturgy: A Student Study Text, the Bible Drill/Bible Divas Field Manuals, and S.W.A.T. (Spiritual Warfare And Training), The Orthodox Guide To Pastoral Blogging, and The Place for Preaching: A Short Illustrated History of the Ambo, the Pulpit and the Lectern. I have also written articles for Orthodoxytoday.org, the American Orthodox Institute, The Handmaiden magazine, the Interior Strength blog, the St. Katherine College website, and others. I am an occasional writer for Charles Staley’s Staley Training Systems website, and has been featured on the Functional Hand Strength, Theory To Practice, and The Masculine Heart websites.
As a contributor of a number of articles for the Orthodox Study Bible, I also provided written commentary for the Old Testament books of Hosea, Song of Songs, and III Maccabees.
I’m very happily married, have three sons, a dog, and a set of bagpipes.
I’m indebted to Fr. Hans Jacobse of the American Orthodox Institute, who so often helps me with coding problems I can’t solve, and does so willingly, with grace and humor.