Hear the stories of Catholic Converts from a Pentecostal background and learn what led them to embrace the Catholic Church.
“[The early Church worship] was liturgical. Great preaching wasn’t the center. The moving of the Holy Spirit wasn’t the center. It was the Eucharist, the Blessed Eucharist. How strange to a Pentecostal to discover…”
– Deacon Alex Jones
A FEW GREAT VIDEOS
Both Drake and Crystal McCalister were ordained ministers of The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, an evangelical Pentecostal denomination founded by Aimee Semple McPherson. Both grew up in families that took their faith seriously. They loved Jesus and knew the Bible. Over a long process of getting to know the tenets of the Catholic faith in order to minister in his own congregation, Drake eventually came to accept the truth of Catholicism. He and his family entered the Catholic Church in 2004.
Ernie Freeman 3:49
In this short video, former Assemblies of God minister Ernie Freeman shares what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ as a Catholic, and how exploring the Catholic faith helped him go deeper in his walk with Christ. “Our understanding of the Christian Faith was not diminished by becoming Catholic; it increased exponentially.”
Tim Staples 8:45
While in the Marine Corps, Tim became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. He met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged him to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. Determined to prove Catholicism wrong, Tim poured himself into the challenge and ended up studying his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church.
A FEW GREAT WRITTEN STORIES
The Eucharist Will Satisfy the Longing Heart
As I try to recount my journey into the Catholic Church, I feel as if I could write from so many different perspectives: history, the sacraments, the saints, Mary, or contraception. All of these words characterize, in part, my reasons for becoming Catholic. I feel like each represent a small book I could write. In this story though I want to connect how I believe my particular Protestant tradition prepared the way for my entrance into the Church.
Finding the Vanishing Point: My Journey to the Catholic Church
I sat praying in a Catholic church at Holy Cross Monastery near Tombstone, AZ. This was unusual for me, since I wasn’t Catholic. I had accompanied my mother-in-law, who was mourning her husband. This had been a place they had liked to stop and pray. As I knelt, I prayed: “God, I don’t understand the Catholic Faith, but I’d like to. This is so strange to me — the candles, the images, the whole culture — but I’d like to understand. If there is anything good here to learn, show me, teach me.”
His Open Arms Welcomed Me – The Story of a Former Evangelical Pastor
I suddenly realized that I was a modern-day, Protestant Donatist — and he was rebuking me for remaining separated from Rome. One by one, each question I had about the Catholic faith found an answer. Like most converts to the Church who have first had to overcome doctrinal hurdles, I found that many problems were resolved when I finally understood the truly Catholic position on a disputed matter, rather than the Protestant misconception of it.
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by Deacon Alex Jones
Alex Jones was an “on-fire” Pentecostal minister in Detroit. He greatly loved his people and they loved him. In seeking to give his flock the most genuine experience of the early Church prayer and worship services, he carefully read Scripture, the Fathers of the Church and writings of the early saints. The more he read, the more Alex came to the startling conclusion that the present day Catholic Church – and the Holy Mass – is the same exact “worship service ” from the very early Church. He began to share his findings with his parish, and eventually he, and most of his parish, joined the Catholic Church.
Edited by Marcus Grodi
Journeys Home contains the stories of men and women who, having surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ, heard a call to follow Him more completely. Many of them were pastors or missionaries. Others were lay men and women who, though working in secular jobs, took their calling to serve Christ in the world very seriously. In each case, their desire to follow Christ faithfully, and to remain faithful to the truth He taught and the Church He established through His apostles, led them to embrace the Catholic Church.
From Full Gospel To The Full Gospel: The Journey of a Pentecostal Minister to the Roman Catholic Church
by G. Francis Vonwald
“When I was a young minister I thought that I had the whole truth. I was a Pentecostal minister preaching what I thought was the full Gospel. Am I now saying that I was wrong. Actually, the answer is no. I simply didn’t have all the weapons for spiritual warfare. Had the Lord spoken to me to become a Catholic any earlier in my life, I would not have obeyed. I would simply have reasoned that it wasn’t the Lord speaking to me.”