Church of Nazarene

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Chris Padgett: Former Baptist/Assembly of God/Nazarene

May 14, 2012

The divorce of his parents at a young age had a significant impact on Chris Padgett growing up in North Dakota.  It brought his mother back to church in the southern Baptist tradition and formed Chris in the foundation of faith through church services, scripture memorization and interaction with fellow believers.  Singing became an important venue for his faith and walk with the Lord.  The family moved on to the Nazarene denomination and then the Assemblies of God.  Chris went to college in Florida and became immersed in a life ... more
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Confessions of a Protestant Pew Potato

April 9, 2012

Oh, no, I thought to myself, here we go again. Some latecomers had forced us to move into the middle of the pew. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of the pew in a Catholic church if you’re a Protestant “pew potato.” ... more
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Wes & Kelly Baker: Former Nazarenes

March 28, 2011

Wes and Kelly Baker, a married couple, both grew up in the Nazarene tradition of Protestantism. They met as students at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio.  They shared an interest in worship music and a calling to serve the poor.  While working at a summer missions camp in NYC, Wes and Kelly were married.  They became intrigued with the “new monasticism movement”, living for a time in shared housing while completing their undergraduate degrees.  From a gift of a rosary from Wes’ father, seeds were planted in Catholicism.  They ... more
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Corey Chambers: Former Nazarene Seminarian

August 30, 2010

Corey Chambers grew up in an unchurched home though his mother’s family was Catholic.  Corey joined the Church of the Nazarene where he became heavily influenced by the writings and life of John Wesley, himself an Anglican.  Corey, as a student at Nazarene Bible College, delved deeply into theology and church history.  He was drawn to the teachings of the early Church Fathers.  It was through his scholarly work that Corey felt pulled to the Catholic Church, which he entered in 2008.  He and Marcus discuss the particulars of Corey’ ... more
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Rick & Cathy Townsend: Former Pentecostals

August 2, 2010

Cathy and Rick Townsend share the story of their journey from Catholic to Pentecostal, then returning to the Catholic faith led by the Holy Spirit.  They talk about the particulars of their involvement in Protestant ministry and the effects that this full commitment had on their family.  Rick’s struggle with esophageal cancer brought him to a profound understanding of the redemptive aspect of suffering, which he reflects upon in this episode.  The Townsends also discuss with Marcus the significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Eucharist in their ... more
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Nicky Nolfi: Former Nazarene

May 31, 2010

Baptized a Catholic as a baby, Nicky’s parents very soon after began attending a Nazarene congregation. From a very young age he loved Christ. Growing up he assumed that Catholics weren’t saved. In his teen years the family began attending an Assemblies of God congregation. The family tended to church hop. His faith weakened in his teen years. After he married a good Christian girl, he felt a need to deepen his faith in Christ. While channel surfing, he stumbled on EWTN and Mother Angelica. A statement she ... more
Gerald and Jennifer Tritle

Gerald & Jennifer Tritle: Former Orthodox Reformed Presbyterian

September 27, 2004

Gerald was born into a Lutheran family but stopped attending church when he was seven. As a young adult he joined a Pentecostal Church. Jennifer was raised by very ministry-orientated parents from a Nazarene background. They met while Gerald was on a business trip to California. After they were married they church hopped for a while and eventually joined the Orthodox Reformed Presbyterian Church, where Gerald became an Elder. While attending seminary he was required to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so as to define how the Catholics ... more
Doug Gonzales

Doug Gonzales: Former Nazarene Minister

April 12, 2004

Doug’s parents were not hostile to religion, but it was his maternal grandmother who raised him to be a Fundamentalist Christian. Even though he had been baptized a Catholic as an infant in deference to his father’s mother. As a young man, he was deeply influenced by the tracts of Jack Chick and became quite anti-Catholic. Upon reading “On Christian Perfection” by John Wesley he was taken by the notion of growing in holiness. He attended Duke University and later studied at the Catholic University of America, with ... more