What if, by some miracle of space and time, the twenty year old me was able to visit the thirty year old me, today. Becoming a Catholic is something I never could’ve imagined or envisioned. I found an incredible local Pentecostal church, and incredible youth group, and was welcomed into a group of fantastic, devout young Christians.It’s hard to imagine all the grace I received through the friends I found and the experiences I had.
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Although he loved ministry, he said, he began to get “frustrated with the changing winds of doctrine and the fads and pressures of church marketing.”On his way home from a conference of pastors that left him feeling disappointed, he began listening to a Catholic apostolate a friend had pointed out to him.
The preaching was on mortal sins, Mangels said, and although he didn’t know the speaker was Catholic, he was impressed.
But a group of Pentecostals in Arizona are coming “home to Rome” through Constantinople, leaving their Assembly of God church for the Byzantine Catholic Church.
Joshua Mangels, a pastor at a Tucson Assembly of God church, felt in his heart a growing desire to join the Catholic Church, which culminated with his resignation of his position at the church in September and entering the catechumenate a month later at a local Byzantine Catholic parish.