Baptists

Hear the stories of Baptists who, in their walk with Jesus Christ, were led to become Catholic.

“I started a quest to learn what Christians were like during those ages when the people didn’t look much like Southern Baptists…. It was a big day when I found the writings of those we refer to as the early Church fathers.”

– Rod Bennett, Author of Four Witnesses & The Apostasy that Wasn’t

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 A FEW GREAT VIDEOS

Rob Corzine 5:02

Rob was a semi-observant Baptist, and when he started dating a Catholic girl, he thought she would go along peacefully with his nominal Christianity. As it turned out, not only did she not want to abandon her Catholic faith, she provided Rob with resources that led him to think more deeply about his faith. His encounter with Catholics who lived their convictions seriously had a major impact on him. “These weren’t the Catholics I’d grown up with. They loved Jesus more than I did.”

Anthony Baratta 8:35

Anthony Baratta was a committed Southern Baptist who found out that his father, a Protestant Pastor, was returning to the Catholic Church. This sparked his own search for answers and for a historically rooted Christian faith, ultimately leading him to become Catholic as well. In this short video, Anthony discusses his journey as well as his relationship with Christ before and after. “Now is the best time in the last 500 years to become a Catholic.”

Dr. Ian Murphy 2:13

In this very short video, Dr. Ian Murphy, a former Baptist minister, shares how coming to believe in the idea of magisterial authority in the Catholic Church didn’t restrict him as a Christian; rather, it gave him freedom in Christ. His advice to those on the journey: don’t give up!  Jesus is calling you forward in faith because he wants you to experience his joy and peace. “Keep seeking. Keep praying. It’s okay to have questions.”

 A FEW GREAT WRITTEN STORIES

Magnet of Truth: From Baptist to Catholic

Noel Culbertson

“The Catholic Church was never on my radar. I had no hatred or malice for the Church, more of an American ignorance and apathy toward it. But like many a road that leads to Rome, I was on it long before I knew it. We were happy in our Baptist congregation, involved in ministry, studying the Bible, and surrounded by wonderful Christian friends. But along the way, we were wooed by the great Bride of Christ.”

Crossing the Tiber

Steve Ray

People often ask, “What was it that made you willing to lose everything to become Catholic?” Protestants asked us, “Why would you leave biblical Christianity to follow the traditions of men in the Catholic Church?” Others asked (and still do), “What did you see in the Catholic Church that made you want to leave everything you knew to begin such a radical new path in life? My answer is, “I saw nothing in the Catholic Church to make me want to be Catholic!” You’ll want to read on. Steve’s answer to these questions might surprise you.

Catholicism and the New Creation

Tyler Blanski

“This is not Middle Earth, this is not Middle Earth,” I kept telling myself. But how else could I make sense of the towering cathedrals, the Tradition and the Scriptures, the real evil to fight and the real good to defend? It was the spring of 2014. My wife, Brittany, and I were about to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church, and we were just trying to take it all in. We still are.”

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Recommended Books & Other Resources

Crossing the Tiber

by Steve Ray

When a best friend, an Evangelical pastor, converted to Catholicism, Steve and his wife Janet decided to investigate the claims of the Catholic Church. This took them on a journey back in time that eventually changed their lives forever.

Evangelical Is Not Enough

by Thomas Howard

In this deeply moving narrative, the author describes his pilgrimage from Evangelical Protestantism to liturgical Christianity. He soon after became Roman Catholic. Catholics will see with fresh eyes the beauty of their tradition come to life under the enchanting wand of Howard’s beautiful prose.

Born Fundamentalist: Born Again Catholic

by David Currie

This book was written as an explanation to his fundamentalist and evangelical friends and family about why he became a Roman Catholic. An extremely lucid, systematic and thorough care for the Catholic faith.