Doug Gonzales: Former Nazarene Minister
Doug’s parents were not hostile to religion, but it was his maternal grandmother who raised him to be a Fundamentalist Christian. Even though he had been baptized a Catholic as an infant in deference to his father’s mother. As a young man, he was deeply influenced by the tracts of Jack Chick and became quite anti-Catholic. Upon reading “On Christian Perfection” by John Wesley he was taken by the notion of growing in holiness. He attended Duke University and later studied at the Catholic University of America, with the hopes of converting some Catholics to the Protestant faith. After more than one mystical experience, it was he who was drawn to the holy Catholic Church, into which he was received in 1999.