Rev. Fr. Philip LeMasters, Ph.D., is the pastor of St. Luke Orthodox Church.
He also serves as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion,
Professor of Religion, and Director of the Honors Program at McMurry University.
In addition, Fr. Philip is the Corporate Secretary of the Board of Trustees
of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York.
Fr. Philip is the author of Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage, and Sex (Light & Life Publishing Company, 2004), and The Goodness of God’s Creation (Regina Orthodox Press, 2008), as well as other books, articles and reviews in Christian theology and ethics. Two of his most recent essays are “Orthodox Perspectives on Peace, War and Violence,” The Ecumenical Review and “A Dynamic Praxis of Peace: Orthodox Social Ethics and Just Peacemaking,” Revista Teologica (Romania). .
He has served as a commencement speaker at St. Herman Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kodiak, AK, and the keynote speaker for Education Day at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Fr. Philip has been an invited participant in international Orthodox consultations on social ethics in Greece, Romania, and Syria. He has also led retreats on marriage and sexuality at St. Michael Orthodox Church, Beaumont, TX, and St. John the Compassionate Mission, Toronto.
Closer to home, Fr. Philip regularly introduces visiting groups of students from local universities to the Orthodox faith. He has also spoken about Eastern Christianity at Methodist, Episcopal, and Church of Christ congregations in Abilene. You may listen to his podcasts on www.ancientfaithradio.org. Fr. Philip has also been interviewed on “Come Receive the Light,” an internationally syndicated radio program of the Orthodox Christian Network (www.myocn.net). Visit his blog at http://easternchristianinsights.blogspot.com.