Hello All! As the subject suggests, this is indeed my first post, and I am very fresh to Orthodoxy. I am only into the inquiry stage for the moment, but Orthodox seems to be the most fitting faith tradition that I have ever found. A short introduction: I am 32, married, with 1 toddler. I was raised Baptist, but now I am a member of a Church of God (yes pentecostal). To be honest, I dabbled in virtually every religion/faith tradition before finally settling into my current one. However, I didn't even know that Orthodoxy existed until recently. Several months ago, I had a faith crisis that pushed me to question all that I knew and believed. I decided that I must re-discover my faith, so to speak, and be able to live out my life according to the scriptures and the Traditions of the early church. I found that at my current church, what I see played out in service and in the lives of many members, when stacked against what I read in the New Testament are two separate things altogether. So seeking true, ancient faith; I was lead first to Catholicism, and then to Orthodoxy.
What little I have learned about Orthodoxy speaks to my soul as the authentic Church established by Christ. However, I have an issue with truly exploring it. I contacted the ONLY parish in Kentucky, an OCA church that is nearly 3.5 hours away from my home. I have spoke to the priest there multiple times over e-mail, but I am unsure when I will be able to attend a service there. The only other Orthodox near me is still 1.5 hours away, and in another state. It is Antiochian, and so far hasn't responded to my inquiring e-mails. Is this a hurdle that many possible converts face here in the states? Also, how does one go about converting at such distances?
I pray that you all will be able to help me, and in the meantime I also ask for prayer for my wife. She is still very attached at our current church, despite having many of the same issues I do with it.