Peter Gillquist, Leader of an Evangelical Exodus Into Eastern Orthodoxy, Dies of Cancer

Former Campus Crusade for Christ leader led thousands into the Antiochian Orthodox Church in the 1980s.

Peter Gillquist, the former Campus Crusade for Christ leader who led an exodus of thousands of evangelicals into the Orthodox church in the 1980s, died of cancer on Sunday, July 1, in Bloomington, Indiana. He was 73.

Gillquist, director of missions and evangelism for the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese until he retired this past January, helped revive the Orthodox church's evangelistic roots. "Up until recently, Orthodoxy has been the best-kept secret in America," said Gillquist to CT in 1997. "Those days are over."

In a major cover story, CT reported on those who argue that the future of evangelicalism lies in the past as more and more evangelicals reconnect with the early church. Others appreciate Orthodoxy but explain why they don't convert.

CT has also reported how evangelical seminaries have wrestled over whether faculty who convert to Orthodoxy can still sign faculty faith statements.

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