Fr. Ken Kaisch is an ordained Episcopal priest and a licensed clinical psychologist. He was first introduced to the writings of St. Theophan over twenty-five years ago and has long admired the depth and clarity of Theophans thought. Fr. Ken and his wife spent their 25th wedding anniversary on a pilgrimage to holy places in Russia in 1994. There they met Igumen Iona, who agreed to help them in their pilgrimage and to translate for them. Towards the end of their pilgrimage, on the train to Yaroslavl, the two conceived of the idea of translating St. Theophans major work, The Way of Salvation, into English. The present book is the second of this three-volume work. Fr. Ken has several publications to his credit. Paulist Press published Finding God: A Handbook of Christian Meditation in 1994. University Press of America published another book, God in Russia: The Challenge of Freedom, in 1999.
Igumen Iona Zhiltsov is a Russian hiero-monk from the city of Vladimir. He converted to Christianity during the Soviet era as the result of reading a samidzat copy of the letters of St. John. He was tutored in theology by the Bishop of Vladimir and was ordained. After his afternoon tutorials, Igumen Iona was regularly picked up by the KGB and interrogated. He was finally sent by his bishop to Estonia to avoid arrest by the KGB. When he returned to Russia, he went to the Pskov Caves monastery outside of Pskov and was a student of Father Zenon, perhaps the foremost iconographer of the modern era. More recently, Igumen Iona has been attending seminary in Moscow to acquire the theological tools which were denied him under the soviets. He is a fluent English speaker, and very familiar with St. Theophans writings in Russian.