Maddex to lead Conciliar Media Ministries

Congratulations to John Maddex, the guiding light at Ancient Faith Radio, who was named president and chief executive officer of Conciliar Media Ministries.

John Maddex

John Maddex

Maddex assumes responsibility for Conciliar Press, Conciliar’s publishing company, while continuing to serve as general manager of Ancient Faith Radio, Conciliar’s online radio and podcast ministry. Conciliar is the publishing and online media organization of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

Maddex succeeds the Rev. Thomas Zell, who will continue as vice president of Conciliar Press and editor in chief of AGAIN magazine. He also serves as parish priest at St. James Antiochian Orthodox Church, Modesto, Calif.

Maddex is a 40-year veteran of Christian broadcasting, having served most of those years at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, where he managed three of Moody’s 35 owned-and-operated radio stations and later oversaw the entire group. He serves on the boards of directors of National Religious Broadcasters and the Fellowship of St. James, publisher of Touchstone and Salvo magazines.

Conciliar Press was founded in 1979 as publisher of AGAIN magazine. It also publishes The Handmaiden magazine and a variety of Orthodox Christian nonfiction and children’s books. Maddex and his wife, Tonya, founded Ancient Faith Radio in December 2004 as a ministry of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church, Chicago. Conciliar Press and Ancient Faith Radio merged in July 2007 to form Conciliar Media Ministries as a department of the Antiochian Archdiocese.

“John had all the qualities we were looking for: spiritual maturity, experience with both traditional and new media, and entrepreneurial drive,” said Michael Hyatt, president and chief executive officer of Thomas Nelson, Inc. and chairman of the board of Conciliar Media Ministries. “We are confident that John will take Conciliar to the next level.”

“We are very excited about the opportunities at Conciliar to harness the power of traditional and new media to communicate the timeless message of Christ and His Church,” Maddex said. “We plan on using every tool at our disposal to accomplish this task with the greatest efficiency and quality possible.”

Headquartered in Englewood, N.J., the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America is one of the largest Orthodox Christian churches in North America. It traces its roots to the ancient Church of Antioch in Syria and was granted self-rule by the Holy Synod of Antioch in October 2003. It comprises nine dioceses and more than 200 parishes and missions in the United States and Canada.


  1. Fr. John A. Peck :

    John is the best possible choice to lead Orthodox New Media into the 21st century.

    I congratulate those who selected him on their foresight and wisdom.

    And congratulations John!

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