The evangelical Protestant and Orthodox Church traditions have had very little relationship with one another since the time of the Protestant Reformation. What contact they have had has been primarily negative and unfruitful. This is slowly changing in both Europe and America, especially in America.
It is still rare to find a Greek or Russian Orthodox Christian, or priest, who desires such serious conversation with a Protestant evangelical but there are other forms of Orthodoxy in America than these two ancient expressions. The truth is this—most evangelicals know next to nothing about Orthodoxy either.
In 2001, the Evangelical Alliance in the United Kingdom published a report by its commission on unity and truth among evangelicals (ACUTE). This resulted in a fine book titled Evangelicalism and the Orthodox Church (Paternoster), which I am currently reading. American Orthodox scholar Dr. Bradley Nassif, professor at evangelical North Park University in Chicago, even founded a group called The Society for the Study of Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism and has thus made a major contribution to this ongoing discussion.
Dr. Nassif has written that: "The Orthodox and evangelical communities are at a momentous turning point in Church history. The groundwork for a new paradigm of ecumenical relations