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Presbyterian & Reformed Converts

Hear the stories of Presbyterians who were drawn to come home to the Catholic Church.

“Once my brothers were off to college, career, military, marriage, and so forth, I was left to decide what I would do with my life. I started college as a pre-law major, but during my freshman year, I felt a call to the ministry… My senior year in college I was president of the Presbyterian church youth group. I gave the sermons on Youth Sunday, and everyone said I did a great job. My pastor encouraged me to consider the ministry as a calling.”

– Dean Waldt

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Casey Chalk 55:45

Though Casey Chalk was baptized Catholic, he grew up developing a relationship with Jesus in an Evangelical context. As he got to college, Reformed theology began to appeal to him, but when a trusted friend from seminary decided to become Catholic, it shook Casey and he began to explore a series of questions that would lead him to the Catholic Church as well. Watch Casey’s episode.

Jennifer Kern 56:09

Jennifer Kern grew up a dyed-in-the-wool Calvinist. She even considered carrying tulips down the aisle at her wedding in honor of John Calvin’s 5 point doctrine! Her husband felt called to ministry, and began taking classes at a Reformed seminary. Curious that her impression of Catholicism might be a caricature, she decided to do research, and what she found surprised her and made her want to know more about the Church. Watch Jennifer’s episode.

Dr. Tim Gregson 56:03

Dr. Tim Gregson came from a wonderful Christian family, and fell in love with music at a young age, going on to become a Presbyterian music minister. However, nagging questions about the nature of worship and the divisions among Christians led him to explore early Christianity, and what he found there drew him more and more toward the reality of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church. Watch Dr. Gregson’s episode.


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Rome Sweet Home

by Scott & Kimberly Hahn

Well-known Catholic couple, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, have been traveling and speaking all over North America about their conversion from staunch Presbyterianism to the Catholic faith. In Rome Sweet Home these two outstanding Catholic apologists tell in their own words about the incredible spiritual journey that led them to embrace Catholicism.

How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming into the Catholic Church

by Kevin Lowry

A preacher’s kid at a Catholic university, Kevin Lowry settled into a double major in beer and billiards soon followed by uncomfortable run-ins with pious students, failing grades, increasing anxiety, a missing night and the startling realization that some fellow students actually attended Mass the morning after a party instead of sleeping it off. After getting kicked out, Kevin got his act together, got the MBA, and also got the girl. Meanwhile, God was working, drawing him to the inevitable conclusion that Catholicism was true despite his objections.

Stunned by Scripture: How the Bible Made Me Catholic

Dr. John Bergsma

The Pope, devotion to Mary, confession … just where are these topics in the Bible? Why does the Catholic Church seem to focus on so many things that aren’t Scriptural? Or so thought former Protestant pastor John Bergsma. Stunned by Scripture is an engaging examination of the things Dr. Bergsma once considered obstacles to ever becoming Catholic himself. Over an eighteen-month spiritual journey, Bergsma was stunned again and again by the biblical support he found for even the stickiest teachings of the Catholic Church.