BaptistConversion Stories

Ken Hensley – Former Baptist Pastor

January 17, 2017 6 Comments

Ken Hensley was a rock and roll-loving Southern Californian who suddenly found himself confronted with the claims of Christianity.  He began to explore the Bible and various Christian authors privately, afraid he’d be mocked by his friends if they found out what he was reading.  As a new Christian, he wanted primarily to go into teaching, but ended up pastoring for a number of years.

One day, a member of Ken’s congregation came to him and mentioned he’d been debating with a group out of San Diego called Catholic Answers, and they’d sent him some materials.  Imagine Ken’s surprise when he found out one of the tapes was a talk by his friend Scott Hahn- who he’d known as a Presbyterian minister, and had no idea he’d become Catholic!

In this episode, Ken also addresses the struggles that protestant pastors face when they become Catholic- the financial hardships, the reorientation of their careers, and the struggle to understand their vocation in the Church.  This one is definitely a good one to share with any pastor you know who’s considering joining the Catholic Church!