Lisa Brandel – Former Southern Baptist
Lisa’s parents weren’t particularly observant Christians when she was a child, but she did find a way to attend both Catholic and Baptist services with friends whenever she could. In fact, the impact of her baptism at her Baptist church at age 17 was so profound that both of her parents started going to church, and her father even became a Southern Baptist deacon!
Over time, however, the loss of her husband and several close family members, combined with a lifelong battle against depression, caused her to try and find a better theology of suffering than her Calvinist background provided. She was able to find that, as well as her new spiritual home, in the Catholic Church.