Spiritual Formation



The School of Christian Spiritual Formation

3431 Trickum Road NE, Marietta GA 30066

Christian Spiritual Formation Conference Series

Exploring the Richness of the Christian Faith”

The School of Christian Spiritual Formation invites faithful and seekers to explore the richness of the Christian faith and become reacquainted with the core tenets of the Faith; in particular, with Jesus Christ, as Lord and teacher, and the apostles and saints who laid down their lives for Him. These conferences will also examine Christianity’s role in our lives, from the Early Church to the present day. In addition, we will have an opportunity to study the mystical aspects of Christianity and discover the presence of God in our lives.

“In the 21st century, at a time when Christianity is being marginalized, we have much to learn by looking at the Early Church. The Greco-Roman society, in which Christianity emerged, was very similar to ours. People were self-centered and hedonistic. Their moral values were based on their desires. Yet, the Christians did not conform to that, but broke the norms, living as Christ taught. The message of Christ remains the same. He still offers peace, forgiveness, redemption and eternal life.” – Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D.

 The goal of this series of Conferences is to help participants discover or get back in touch with our Christ-centered spirituality and also learn spiritual exercises and disciplines to strengthen and encourage our spiritual resilience in our journey to God’s Kingdom.

The Conferences host prominent theologians and Spiritual Directors who bring to us diverse experiences and much spiritual depth.

The 2019 Conference (September 20-22)

Theme:Ancient and Modern Voices: Salvation, Sanctification & Theosis.

This fourth annual conference, Ancient and Modern Voices: Salvation, Sanctification & Theosis, explores what we can learn from the Holy Fathers and Mothers of the Ancient Church to enrich our spiritual journeys today. We will also examine John Wesley’s interest in ancient (Eastern Orthodox) Christianity, how he used what he learned to further his understanding of Christian theology, and how his theology compares and contrasts with Eastern Orthodox and present day Western Christian theology (both Catholic and Protestant).


Dr. Roberta Bondi, Professor Emerita, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Robin Darling-Young of The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Dr. Gary Moon, Richmont Graduate University, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Charles Nienkirchen, Ambrose University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Rev. Dr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Marietta, GA

The Rev. Joshua Toepper, Director of Adult Discipleship, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Marietta, GA


This fourth annual conference, Ancient and Modern Voices: Salvation,Sanctification, Theosis, explores the connection of modern Protestant reformers with ancient Christianity and how these connections affected their theologies.

We also will explore how their theologies compare with Eastern Orthodox and Western Christian theologies (both Catholic and Protestant).

Come listen to and discuss with six prominent theologians and spiritual directors, representing Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Christian perspectives. Join us for lively discussions following each presentation, which will also emphasize key points and practical suggestions that you can use at home to deepen your spiritual life.

Place:  Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road NE, Marietta, GA 30066

For inquiries, and to REGISTER please contact Anne Willcocks, at

Tel  770-924-8080    Fax  770-924-3030    E-mail: holytrans@comcast.net

or you can Register Online by clicking here.

You can view and download files with more information by clicking on the links below:

Flyer of Event and Conference Schedule

Biographical Info on the Speakers

Audio Files from previous years are available here: Download here.

Website: www.holytrans.org