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Maddex appointed president and CEO of Conciliar Media Ministries

CHESTERON, Ind. - John Maddex has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Conciliar Media Ministries, a publishing and online media organization of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

The appointment was made by Conciliar's board of directors with the approval of the Most Rev. Philip (Saliba), archbishop of New York and metropolitan of the archdiocese.

Maddex assumes responsibility for Conciliar Press, Conciliar's publishing company, while continuing to serve as general manager of Ancient Faith Radio, Conciliar's online radio and podcast ministry.

Maddex succeeds the Rev. Thomas Zell, who will continue as vice president of Conciliar Press and editor in chief of AGAIN magazine. He also serves as parish priest at St. James Antiochian Orthodox Church, Modesto, Calif.

Maddex is a 40-year veteran of Christian broadcasting, having served most of those years at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, where he managed three of Moody's 35 owned-and-operated radio stations and later oversaw the entire group.  He serves on the boards of directors of National Religious Broadcasters and the Fellowship of St. James, publisher of Touchstone and Salvo magazines.

Conciliar Press ( was founded in 1979 as publisher of AGAIN magazine.  It also publishes The Handmaiden magazine and a variety of Orthodox Christian nonfiction and children's books.  Maddex and his wife, Tonya, founded Ancient Faith Radio ( in December 2004 as a ministry of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church, Chicago.  Conciliar Press and Ancient Faith Radio merged in July 2007 to form Conciliar Media Ministries as a department of the Antiochian Archdiocese.

"John had all the qualities we were looking for: spiritual maturity, experience with both traditional and new media, and entrepreneurial drive," said Michael Hyatt, president and chief executive officer of Thomas Nelson, Inc. ( and chairman of the board of Conciliar Media Ministries.  "We are confident that John will take Conciliar to the next level."

"We are very excited about the opportunities at Conciliar to harness the power of traditional and new media to communicate the timeless message of Christ and His Church," Maddex said.  "We plan on using every tool at our disposal to accomplish this task with the greatest efficiency and quality possible."

For further information, contact Maddex by phone or e-mail at (773) 354-1213