Col. Philip Ludwell III: A Forerunner of Orthodoxy in North America


Recent research has brought to light the existence of an Orthodox presence in colonial Virginia more than half a century before the arrival of the Russian Orthodox missionaries in Alaska. The Virginian believers were centred on Colonel Philip Ludwell III, who was the largest landowner in British Virginia. How did he come to the Faith and what did he do to bring others to the Church? Why is his story important for us today, and what can we learn from it to inspire our own love for God and desire to serve Him? Nicholas Chapman addresses these questions and others in this presentation, using materials from his upcoming book on the subject. 

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About the speaker

Nicholas Chapman is the Managing Director of Holy Trinity Publications, the publishing arm of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York. He is a citizen of the United Kingdom, born in the crown colony of Gibraltar, of Welsh/Scots parentage. An Orthodox Christian for twenty-seven years, he has worked in various Church-related roles for over two decades and has had first hand experience in the life of the Church in some twenty-three countries.

After gaining a degree in Business Administration he went on to work for the British government in the Tax Inspectorate and subsequently as a private sector taxation consultant. An avid reader and lover of history and travel, he has worked for the past twelve years exclusively in the book industry. He is a member of the Society for Orthodox History in the Americas and one of the main authors on its website,

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