Frederica Mathewes-Green is the author of several books, including Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy and The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation. She is a columnist for Beliefnet.com and contributes to numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times and Focus on the Family's Citizen magazine. She also serves on a number of advisory and editorial boards for institutions and periodicals such as Americans United for Life and Books & Culture. She was educated at Virginia Episcopal Seminary and University of South Carolina. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Baltimore, MD, where he is pastor and she is “Khouria” (“Mother”) of the church they founded, Holy Cross Orthodox Church.