I have Morey's audio lectures that mention the evangelical conversions. He says that it mainly happened through Campus Crusades for Christ. I don't know if it was a joke or play on words "Campus Crusades",
No, it's for real.
Chapter 9: THE STRANGE CASE OF HOW 2,000 PROTESTANT EVANGELICALS ENDED UP JOINING THE ORTHODOX CHURCH
In early 1987, some 2,000 members of the now-dissolved Evangelical Orthodox Church were received into full communion with the Eastern Orthodox Church--the largest ever mass conversion to Orthodoxy in North American history. Even more remarkable was the fact that the leaders and clergy of the erstwhile E.O.C. group were former evangelical Protestants, with backgrounds in Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth for Christ, and Young Life, and degrees from institutions like Wheaton College, Dallas Seminary, Fuller Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, Oral Roberts University, Lincoln Christian College, and Biola University.
As one of the former E.O.C. priests, Peter Gillquist, a former regional director of Campus Crusade and now an archpriest of the Antiochan Orthodox Christian Diocese of North America, asks rhetorically in his book "Becoming Orthodox," "whatever would possess two thousand Bible-believing, blood-bought, Gospel-preaching, Christ-centred, life-long evangelical Protestants to embrace this Orthodox faith so enthusiastically... [to] end up embracing historic ecclesiology, liturgical worship, and sacrament?" What indeed?
Fr. Gillquist relates how he became increasingly disillusioned with what he was accomplishing as a Protestant "parachurch" evangelist. He recalls seeing a button on someone's shirt that read: "God isn't dead-- Church is." "Amen," Gillquist said to himself, "Not only are converts falling by the wayside, but the churches are so pathetic that they can't handle the ones who do come. The Church is in captivity to an invisible, present- day Babylon!"
In 1973, Peter Gillquist joined a core group of six other burned-out campus evangelists in a quest to discover what had happened to the New Testament Church. "Not too far into our investigation," writes Jon Braun, one of the seven, "we were shocked to discover that there were whole chapters, as it were, of Church history with which we were totally unfamiliar. And in our quest to get to the bottom of what was missing, we made a monumental discovery... the historic Orthodox Church. [Up until then] we didn't even know it still existed."49
"As Protestants," observed Jack Sparks, another member of the group, "we know our way back to A.D. 1517 and the Reformation. As evangelicals--Bible people--we know our way up to A.D. 95 or so, when the Apostle John finished writing the Revelation. It's time we fill the gap in between!"
The problem, Sparks allowed, is that "everybody claims to be the New Testament Church. The Catholics say they are; the Baptists say they are; the Church of Christ says it is--and nobody else is. We need to find out `who's right?'"
The group of seven decided to research and study every aspect of Christian history they could uncover until they discovered "who's right." They agreed going into this project that wherever their "phantom search for the perfect Church" led, they would resolve to do and be whatever the New Testament Church did and was. "If we found we were wrong, we would change," says Gillquist.
What the seven seekers discovered indeed revolutionized their vision of what the true Church should be. They discovered that Christian worship was liturgical from the earliest recorded times. The original Greek text of Acts 13:2 refers to "leitourgounton"--"liturgy."
They discovered that the Fathers of the ancient Apostolic Church perceived the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist as the actual body and blood of Christ, as He Himself affirmed at the last Supper, and that from the earliest times the Sacrament of Holy Communion was the centrepiece of Christian worship.
They discovered that the episcopal orders of clergy date from the First Century, and that Ignatius of Antioch was bishop of the Church there from A.D. 67 to 107. Acts 1:20 (K.J.V.) uses the term "bishopric" ("episcopen" in the original Greek), although some modern Protestant translations paraphrase it. St. Paul speaks of bishops and deacons in Philippians 1:1-2 and 1 Timothy 3: 1-12, and bishops in Titus 1:7. Acts 15 refers to James the brother of Jesus, who was Bishop of Jerusalem, rendering final judgment in a dispute.
They discovered that the New Testament Church was Sacramental, believing that Baptism really is for the remission of sins and the giving of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
They discovered that "tradition" was the tradition of the very early Church. St, Paul wrote: "Therefore brethren stand fast and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle" (2 Thess. 2:15). He affirms tradition again in 2 Thess 3:6. The tradition St. Paul speaks of is the teachings of the Apostolic Church, which were considered authoritative long before the New Testament canon was ratified.
These discoveries led to the establishment of a new Church denomination: the Evangelical Orthodox Church, which incorporated the ancient doctrines and forms of worship that the seven scholars had identified in their historical research. At that point, they still had virtually no knowledge of the Eastern Orthodox Church, but once contact was finally established, the journey began in earnest that eventually led most of the former evangelicals into the ancient Apostolic Orthodox Faith. It's a fascinating tale, well told in Peter Gillquist's book.