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Steven Smith: Former Non-denominational Evangelical

April 1, 2013

Dr. Steven Smith grew up in a loving, moral Catholic home in Chicago in a predominantly Irish Catholic neighborhood.  He admits that though weekly mass attenders, the family did not talk much about their faith.  In high school, Steven began to have questions and by college considered himself agnostic.  He had a invitation from a protestant ministry group on campus which led him to a Plymouth Brethren congregation for about a year and then to a mega church, Willow Creek.  It was here that he was formed in scripture and ... more
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Don Smith: Former Non-denominational Pastor

March 4, 2013

Don was raised in Maine in a Catholic home on a potato farm. The family attended Mass faithfully but there was no prayer at home. In high school and college, he fell away from faith, but continued to believe in God’s existence. While he and his wife were hitchhiking down the east coast, they were witnessed to and and committed their life to Jesus Christ. After returning to Maine, he joined a Charismatic Non-denominational congregation, eventually attended a Bible College and was ordained to the ministry. After about eight ... more
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Chris Zajdzinski: Former Baptist

December 3, 2012

Growing up in the Chicago area, Chris Zajdzinski describes his Baptist upbringing as a great formation and experience.  He felt a close personal relationship from an early age, though he was not baptized until much later.  At 17, his family moved to Arizona and became heavily involved in a nondenominational church.  It was there he met his wife.  Following a decade of ministry, a pastor friend challenged him about the importance of God’s kingdom in his life.  This led to a focused period of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for Chris ... more
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Chris Davis: Former Non-denominational

October 1, 2012

When he was a toddler, the parents of Chris Davis divorced.  He and his mother left Kentucky for Washington State, but over the next decade, they moved quite a bit.  Socially, Chris looked to nondenominational youth groups to fill the void of revolving friendships and a chaotic lifestyle.  At the age of 16, he opted to move back to Kentucky to live with his father and stepmother.  Chris began to attend church occasionally but he found himself to be more influenced by culture than Christian teachings.  On his own as a ... more
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From Pain to Peace

August 20, 2012

I was born in the ghettoes of Chicago’s South Side in 1961. My first memories are of dilapidated apartments, window frames without windows, trash strewn on the streets, urine-soaked alleys, and a neglected-derived independence. As a three-, four-, and five-year-old, I remember many times coming and going from the apartment my mother, siblings and I shared while my mother, an active alcoholic at that time, had friends over from morning till night — days filled with card games, cigarette smoke and all the beer and vodka they could want. When I ... more
Jeff Buck

One Church

June 20, 2012

I often thank God that I was born into a faithful, Christian family. My parents and grandparents lived a great example as I was growing up, and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know about Jesus. I was raised in church, and when I was 9 years old, I asked to be baptized. ... more
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Charles Wadlow: Revert from Evangelicalism

June 4, 2012

Charles Wadlow grew up in Seattle in a blended family of five, with a mother who was Southern Baptist and a Catholic father who was born in England.  The result for Charles was a love of scripture and of Jesus with a sacramental foundation.  Charles came into his own in high school. and then went on to college.  Following college, he sought fellowship with believers.  With a lack of opportunities in his local parish, Charles began attending various evangelical Protestant churches and their Bible studies.  He was introduced to the ... more
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Home at Last

May 28, 2012

“Then you will know that I, the Lord your God dwell in Zion, my holy hill.”  ... more

A “Convoluted” Pathway Home

April 30, 2012

Someone once pointed out to me that when one commits one’s life to the Lord this journey seems to become “convoluted.” I would tend to agree. My journey back to the Catholic Church is one full of joy and pain, saints and sinners, angels and demons, and finally, a search for Jesus Christ and how to best serve Him. God’s Chosen People wandered in the wilderness and took 40 years to get to the “Promised Land,” a journey that could have taken 40 days if there were no hindrances. Looking ... more
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Shane Kapler: Revert; Former Non-Denominational

April 30, 2012

His mother was from the Methodist tradition while his father, one of twelve children, came from a decidedly Catholic background.  Shane Kapler, found himself in Catholic schools, but because of a falling out between his father and the parish priest, not attending Sunday Mass as a family.  His father would, however, continue in the Catholic faith through audio tapes and personal Bible Study.  Even as a middle-schooler, Shane was a deep thinker in regards to religion.  He studied scripture and read about various faith traditions.  His first divine encounter assured ... more
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9th Deep In History Conference, Panel Discussion

February 6, 2012

Marcus Grodi with Roy Schoeman, Mark Shea, Dr. Scott Hahn & Fr. Ray Ryland. ... more
Chad Torgerson

Solid Foundations

February 6, 2012

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and was raised in the Lutheran faith. My parents were not the most spiritual of people, but they wanted to make sure that my siblings and I were “exposed” to faith. Basically, the concept was to introduce us to Christianity but allow us to make our own decisions. After being confirmed, I never went back to that church. ... more