Lecture On Christian Marriage

Dr. David and Dr. Mary Ford
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church News:
Marriage as a Path to Holiness. What should a Christian marriage look like? How can we help our spouse draw closer to God? Where can we look for good examples of Christian married life?
A lecture entitled “Marriage as a Path to Holiness” by Dr. David and Dr. Mary Ford will be presented at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the new facilities of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church at 1319 Trinity Dr. 
We are offering this lecture on the Eastern Christian concept of marriage for the strengthening and uplifting of married couples and the illumination of those considering marriage. 
It is free and open to the public and there will be light refreshments served. The lecture will be preceded at 4 p.m. by Great Vespers. Come and See!

David C. Ford


B.A. Colgate University; M. Div., Oral Roberts University M. Phil., Ph. D., Drew University-Dissertation

“Misogynist or Advocate? St. John Chrysostom and His Views on Women”

Professor of Church History

Subject Area of Teaching: Church History


DAVID C. FORD, Ph.D., Associate Professor of church History, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., his Master of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, O.K., and his Ph.D. from Drew University in Madison, N.J.

He has published two books, Marriage as a Path to Holiness Lives of Married Saints (co-authored with his wife Dr. Mary Ford) and Women and Men in the Early Church: The Full Views of Saint John Chrysostom and the booklet, “Prayer and the Departed Saints.” His journal articles include “St. Macarios of Egypt and John Wesley: Variations on the Theme of Sanctification” in the Greek Orthodox Theological Review, “Help from Heaven” in AGAIN magazine, “The Interrelationship of Clergy and Laity within the Family of God according to Saint John Chrysostom” in St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, “2000 Years of Church History as Seen through the Lives of Some of the Most Significant Saints of Each Century” in the Tikhonaire, “Crisis in Marriage: The Wisdom of St. John Chrysostom” in Alive in Christ and reprinted in Sourozh, and several articles, mostly on the lives of the Saints, in Alive in Christ.

Dr. David has published encyclopedia articles on “St. John Chrysostom” in The Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching, “St. Innocent Veniaminov” and “St. Jacob Netsvetov” in The American National Biography, and “History of Orthodoxy” in the Harper Collins Encyclopedia of Religion in Canada. He also delivered the 2001 St. John Chrysostom Lecture at Holy Cross School of Theology.

Mary Ford


B.A. Hollins College University of St. Andrews; Oxford University; Ph.D. University of Kent- Thesis: “How Do You Read?”: Theology and Hermeneutics in the Interpretation of New Testament Parables; Diploma, A.M.I. Montessori training (International Certification for grades one through six), Washington D.C.

Associate Professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics

Subject Area of teaching: New Testament, Hermeneutics, Spirituality  


MARY FORD, Ph.D., Associate Professor of New Testament, is a graduate of Hollins College in Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, and the University of Kent in England, where she earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theology. She also received the diploma for A.M.I. Montessori training (international certification) in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mary has written a number of articles in the field of Scriptural studies, including “An Orthodox View of Biblical Criticism” in Sourozh, “Towards the Restoration of Allegory” and “Seeing but not Perceiving: Crisis in Context in Biblical Studies” in St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, and an article on the Revelation of John in Sourozh, as well as book reviews and various articles on other topics. In addition, with her husband Dr. David Ford, she co-authored the book, Marriage as a Path to Holiness Lives of Married Saints (published by St. Tikhon’s Seminary press). She has also given a number of lectures relating to this topic, most recently at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Worcester, Mass.

Dr. Mary has been teaching on the Faculty of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, along with her husband, since 1989. In addition to all their work at the Seminary and their scholarly publications, they have also developed and published a lengthy history curriculum for Orthodox parochial and home schools, which is being used by more than 200 families throughout the country in the shaping of the minds of their children.