Tim Staples was a fallen-away Southern Baptist who as a teen came back to faith in Christ through the witness of televangelists. During his four-year tour with the U.S. Marine Corps, he became friends with a Marine well-versed in his Catholic Faith who challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That sparked a two-year search for the truth.
Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim attended Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community. He was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he studied his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church.
He converted in 1988 and spent six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy and studying theology at the graduate level. Realizing that his calling was not to be a priest, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization ever since.
What Catholics Can Learn From Protestants—and Vice Versa
Using his own experience of learning to love Scripture by memorizing it from the time he was eight years old, Tim Staples demonstrates the need for Catholics to do the same. He points out that it was precisely his love for and knowledge of Scripture that created the fertile soil for his acceptance of the fullness of the gospel. Staples uses a litany of biblical texts to make the point that, as they evangelize, Catholics must call our Protestant brothers and sisters back to a literal sense of Scripture.