Who are we?
The Connexion of St. John Chrysostom (CSJC) is a welcoming and progressive Eastern Orthodox Christian expression of the Convergent Christian Communion. The CSJC serves chrismated Orthodox Christians, seekers, Protestants, and Catholics in equal measure. We seek to share the love of Christ and the joy of his life, death, and resurrection in ecumenical community through the lens of our timeless Eastern Orthodox faith. We are united around the person and work of Christ, Creeds, apostolic succession, Eastern patterns of liturgy and the contemplative life, and a commitment to justice and mercy. The CSJC is proud to be part of a jurisdiction that is LGBTQ+ affirming, and that affirms equal access to Holy Orders without regard to gender identity or expression. The CSJC is committed to expressing the fullness of Eastern Orthodox traditions, but doing so in ways that are as inclusive as possible.
In the words of Christ to the Apostle Andrew, we welcome all people without exception to "Come and see."
While Eastern Orthodoxy is often expressed via conservative and exclusive practices, the CSJC sees a more open and holistic approach to faith in the depths Orthodox theology - a generous Orthodoxy if you will. We believe in the inherent goodness of all people who should not fear God’s wrath. We affirm God's perfect love, which does not discriminate.
We are part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church through the holy lineages of Apostolic Succession via the Independent Catholic movement. The Independent Catholic movement is a collection of very diverse jurisdictions, representing a wide range of traditions from independent Anglican, Byzantine, Latin, and (to name a few). These expressions have resulted in numerous self-governing micro-denominations that are independent from the governing structures found in Roman, Anglican, the Orthodox Communions, and from one another. These churches have apostolic succession as found in historic sacramental churches.
The Connexion of St. John Chrysostom (CSJC) was formed under the Apostolic Authority of the Convergent Christian Communion (CCC) under the Omophorion (Episcopal Protection) of His Beatitude, Bishop JOHN GREGORY (The Most Rev. Kenneth R. von Folmar – Presiding Bishop of the CCC) on July 5, 2021.
Per Bishop John Gregory’s proclamation, this Connexion was created by the intercession of the Holy Spirit to be “a hub for Eastern Rite Christians that desire full participation in our communion yet wish to retain their Eastern traditions and customs.”
Connexional Eastern Orthodoxy
Unlike in more traditional Diocesan and Eparchial models found in mainline and canonical churches our Communion does not assign episcopal oversight through geographic means. In June of 2021, our governing Councils approved a transition to an affinity-based model. We chose to use ‘Connexion’ because it was an organizing form not historically tied to geography (like those listed above). As in early Methodism, our Connexions reflect an charism-based model (i.e., when Methodism was still part of the Church of England), with a key differentiation in our use of the historic episcopacy. In this form of governance, the fullness of the church (both lay and ordained) work in concert to achieve the work of Christ. Additionally, the term ‘Connexion’ further stresses the interconnectedness of the various parts of our Communion.
We offer online as well as in-person worship services at multiple mission plants throughout the United States. It is our fervent prayer that our ministry will continue to grow and serve our communities in peace, health, and happiness.
Eastern Rite Mission Plants led by C.C.C. Members
Independent Orthodox Church
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Eastern Catholic Church
Eastern Catholic Church
His Beatitude, the Most Reverend JOHN GREGORY serves our Connexion as Eparch, he is assisted by the Very Reverend Archpriest BASIL (James) Miller.
(Kenneth von Folmar)
Become a Member
All applicants must submit an application and pass a background check prior to being considered for membership. Each applicant will be interviewed by Archpriest Basil and may be interviewed by Bishop John Gregory . During this consideration period, our leaders review their findings and make a decision for membership. During deliberations, a decision is made in light of the Ordained Ministry Candidate Standards as adopted by our Bishops Council. The candidate may expect a determination to be made within 60 days of receiving the application. If membership is approved, additional training may be assigned to the new member. All new members are admitted as provisional members for a period determined by the Bishop, with approval from the Presiding Bishop. For those located outside of the United States, your application will only be consider if there are independent methods for verifying the information submitted.
The key to attaining membership in our Communion is found in building meaningful relationships with our members and leaders. You can begin that process now by joining our Facebook Group.
All applicants are required to complete a criminal background check, including a check of the US Department of Justice Sexual Offender Registry.
Your application will not be considered until this item is completed. The cost of the background check is approximately $12.00 and can be accessed above.