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Pentecostal Converts

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

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Drake and Crystal McCalister 11:41

Both were ordained ministers of The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and both wound up Catholic!

Ernie Freeman 3:49

“Our understanding of the Christian Faith was not diminished by becoming Catholic; it increased exponentially.”

Tim Staples 8:45

Determined to prove Catholicism wrong, this Assembly of God minister ended up in the last place he imaged he would ever end up: the Catholic Church.


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No Price to High

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.

Journeys Home

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.”