Jim Badeen, a member of the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary in Livonia, hosts DOOR each and every week with a keen interest in the teachings and work of the Orthodox Church, as well as an enthusiasm for sharing it with all of us.
Having grown up as the son of an Orthodox Christian priest, Jim has been involved in the work and mission of the Church in various capacities throughout his life. In the 1980s, he was an instrumental part of the Antiochian Christian Orthodox Radio Network (ACORN) -- a weekly show that at its peak was syndicated in 156 radio markets across North America and 17 countries worldwide. He has brought that experience here to Detroit's Own Orthodox Radio, playing a large part in starting the program and serving as its host.
"Our parents came to these shores from many lands seeking a better life and, in doing so, brought with them the one true Faith of Orthodoxy," he says. "Although we, their children, are the inheritors of their many different cultures, we stand together united in the one true Faith and in the freedom of this new nation that we all call our home."
In addition to his career in business, Jim dedicates part of his time to working with our veterans. Himself retired from the United States Army, Jim has never forgotten the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, and continues to assist those in need of understanding and support after their active service has finished.