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Led by the Good Shepherd to the Catholic Church

June 3, 2013

I was raised in a small-town, Southern Baptist church in Virginia where I, along with my sister, my two brothers, and our parents, attended Sunday School and church nearly every Sunday that I can remember. In my early teen years, I responded to a preacher’s invitation to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior and was baptized. The experience of the waters of baptism seemed to be one of re-birth. I felt as though my sins were washed away and there was a new beginning and opportunity for me ... more
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David Currie: Former Bible Church Missionary (fundamentalist)

May 5, 2013

David returns to the program and discusses with Marcus some of the thoughts of his conversion process.  Citing the issues of Authority and the Eucharist as two of the key issues for him, David reflects on the significance of scriptures and the teachings of the Church Fathers in his deepening faith.  David has authored three books which detail his developing understanding. ... more
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Don Smith: Former Non-denominational Pastor

March 4, 2013

Don was raised in Maine in a Catholic home on a potato farm. The family attended Mass faithfully but there was no prayer at home. In high school and college, he fell away from faith, but continued to believe in God’s existence. While he and his wife were hitchhiking down the east coast, they were witnessed to and and committed their life to Jesus Christ. After returning to Maine, he joined a Charismatic Non-denominational congregation, eventually attended a Bible College and was ordained to the ministry. After about eight ... more
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Vaughn Kohler: Former Independent Baptist

February 4, 2013

Marcus welcomes Vaughn Kohler, a former evangelical protestant, to the program.  Vaughn’s earliest memories are living in South Bend, IN in a family secure in its protestant faith amidst a culture of Catholicism.  He shares the story of his journey through Wheaton College and several protestant seminaries to becoming a youth pastor in the Southern Baptist tradition.  But through it all, Vaughn experiences “Catholic moments” which continue him to lead him into further study/reflection about his beliefs.  Ultimately it is the issue of authority and biblical interpretation that ... more
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Jason Hall: Former Free Will Baptist

December 10, 2012

Jason Hall, native of Owensboro, KY, grew up in a Christian home in the Free Will Baptist tradition.  His father was the minister of his church. Jason had an active role in the church as a youth which continued through college.  He was an avid reader, particularly of other faith traditions, so that he could be well versed in debates.  Following law school, Jason returned to his home town to work and attend church.  While teaching young adults about the faith, he began reading some Catholic materials, including the Catechism ... more
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Chris Zajdzinski: Former Baptist

December 3, 2012

Growing up in the Chicago area, Chris Zajdzinski describes his Baptist upbringing as a great formation and experience.  He felt a close personal relationship from an early age, though he was not baptized until much later.  At 17, his family moved to Arizona and became heavily involved in a nondenominational church.  It was there he met his wife.  Following a decade of ministry, a pastor friend challenged him about the importance of God’s kingdom in his life.  This led to a focused period of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for Chris ... more
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St Paul’s Advice to Two Converts: Timothy and Titus

December 3, 2012

As we approach the end of the year, the election is behind us while a horrendous economic crisis still looms ahead—especially for our children and grandchildren! I’m writing this article primarily to fellow former clergy who are Catholic converts or still somewhere along the journey, but also to you who support and pray for our work, for hearing this helps you understand why your support and prayers are necessary. ... more
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Blessed Through the Catholic Church

December 3, 2012

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Growing up in the 1940s and 50s, I was blessed with a happy childhood in a loving family of four, including one older brother. My parents taught us the “old fashioned” values of honesty, goodness, kindness, and viewing all persons with respect. I was baptized as an infant in St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. The only religious instruction in our home was learning the Lord’s Prayer. My mother would say this prayer with me almost every night at bedtime. This ... more
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Don Brey: Former Methodist/Episcopalian

August 27, 2012

It was the great hymns and potluck suppers that Don Brey remembers best about his days growing up in the Methodist tradition, not necessarily the church doctrines.  Don credits his parent’s lived-out faith for his commitment to integrity and truth.  Still, it was not until college that Don encountered the living Christ.  Becoming active in evangelical groups while at Ohio Wesleyan University and Yale Law School, shaped Don in his future profession.  It also led him from the Methodist Church into the Episcopal Church where he was active for ... more
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Taylor Marshall: Former Episcopal Clergy

July 2, 2012

Taylor Marshall learned the basic tenets of the Christian faith through his friend’s Lutheran Church.  In high school, Taylor experienced a profound religious experience and soon felt a calling to the ministry.  While reading and studying in college, he found the Anglican Church, which, in his mind, was the best of both worlds of Catholicism and Protestantism.  Following seminary, he was ordained as an Episcopal priest in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas.  At the fifth anniversary of their wedding, Taylor and his wife Joy went to Rome.  It ... more
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Collin Raye: Former Southern Baptist and Country Music Star

June 11, 2012

Country music star Collin Raye grew up in Arkansas near the Texas border, in a Christian family that was predominantly Southern Baptist.  From an early age Collin knew Jesus and made his public affirmation in Baptism at age 12.  His mother was musical and both parents encouraged the musical development of their children.  While in high school, Collin and his brother had a band that performed in local nightclubs and following graduation went where they could be paid to play.  Eventually they ended up in Reno, NV.  Collin’s faith was ... more
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Charles Roberts Wadlow II – Deep in Scripture 6/6/2012

June 6, 2012

Acts 15 – The Council at Jerusalem ... more