Jim Wellington is a Church of England parish priest. He is married to Hilary, and they have a daughter, Catherine. He has been praying the Jesus Prayer for over thirty years, has been on pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain, and is a great admirer of the Orthodox Church and its theology and spirituality. He holds an MA in Theology from Cambridge University, an MPhil in Patristics from Nottingham University, and is being awarded a PhD through the Archbishop's Examination in Theology for the thesis upon which his new book is based. He is a member of the Friends of Mount Athos, the Fellowship of St Alban & St Sergius, and the International Association of Patristic Studies.