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James L. Papandrea, Host of Way of the Fathers

Quick Facts

  • Professor of Church History and Historical Theology
  • Author/presenter of YouTube series, The Original Church
  • Consultant for EWTN’s series, The Heresies
  • Professional musician and songwriter
  • Father and grandfather


Dr. James L. Papandrea is an award-winning author and Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, as well as the Theological Consultant for the EWTN Television series, The Heresies. He was baptized Catholic, confirmed Lutheran, and ordained Methodist. His study of the Church Fathers brought him back to the Catholic Church of his Italian heritage.

Jim’s many books have been translated into multiple languages, and he has a significant presence online, including his YouTube series, The Original Church, and his establishment of The Original Church Community on

A Catholic layperson and catechist, Jim has an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in the history and theology of the early Christian Church, with secondary concentrations in New Testament interpretation and the history of the Roman Empire. He has also studied Roman history at the American Academy in Rome.

Jim is on the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and is recognized for his ecumenical work on behalf of the whole body of Christ. He is a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and was named a “Springtime Ambassador” by the Springtime of Faith Foundation, which is an organization facilitating ecumenical dialogue and Christian cooperation.

He is also a member of multiple professional organizations, including the Academy of Catholic Theology, the North American Patristics Society, and the Society of Biblical Literature.

More information can be found on Jim’s website and his Amazon Author Page: Doctor Jim’s Books.

You can also join Jim in the Original Church Community at

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