College Conference West 2016 – St. Nicholas Ranch, California
Dates: December 27-30, 2016
Keynote Speaker – V. Rev. John D. Finley
Father John is a priest at St. Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara, California. Ordained to the priesthood in 1997, and elevated to the dignity of archpriest in 2004, he has been an active field staff member of the Department for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America since 1996, establishing and serving many missions and parishes across the United States and Canada. Father John is married to Jan Finley, and is the father of three grown children and the proud grandfather of two.
Why are you excited to speak to the Conference’s Theme of “Come and See” (John 1:39)?
“I am excited to speak to the theme of “Come and See” because our modern minds tend to reverse that formula; we want to “see” before we “come.” In other words, most people want to understand before they taste. The Psalmist says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”( Psalm 34:8) It seems that he is saying that we must experience the Kingdom of God in worship before we begin to understand it.”