Another Minister Converts to the Catholic Church

by Steve Ray on March 6, 2008

allen_hunt.jpgWe welcome Allen Hunt into the Catholic Church. Allen Hunt was the senior pastor of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church near Atlanta, Georgia, the third largest Methodist congregation in the world. Allen earned his Ph.D. from Yale and also serves as host of the Allen Hunt Show, broadcast on one of Atlanta’s most influential secular talk radio stations.

He mentions at least two things that brought him to the Church: 1) the deep divisions within Christianity which give a poor witness to the world, and 2) the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. His conversion has been a low-key one and he has only made a few statements. On his blog, you can read his simple announcement here.

At this rate, Marcus Grodi's "The Journey Home" will have to expand to five nights a week Smile

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Jeff Miller March 6, 2008 at 10:29 AM

I would hear Allen’s show on Sunday’s and thought he had Catholic sensibilities and pretty happy when I heard that he had crossed the Tiber.

There is such irony in our times with the Pew report talking about the large number of ex-Catholics and then we have a sizable number of Protestant ministers becoming Catholic.

Brother Ed March 6, 2008 at 2:15 PM

It seems to me that the more Protestant ministers enter the Church, the healthier She is going to become. When such men enter, they bring with them not only their drive and determination to serve the Lord, but the ability to teach and instruct in a way that often is not heard clearly in certain parishes. Men such as Brother Hunt will be a clarion call for orthodox and clearly lived out Catholicism in a country which right now is infested with Catholic relativism, as indicated by the number of citizens who have no qualms voting for abortionists, who do not believe in the Sacraments, etc etc etc.

May God increase his tribe!!

Brother Ed

Tito of Custos Fidei March 6, 2008 at 6:11 PM

I can’t agree more with Brother Ed’s comments. He hit the nail right on the head! I love converts and they certainly rejuvinate moribund parishes wherever they go.

Christine M. March 6, 2008 at 11:22 PM

How wonderful and amazing the conversions to Catholicism. People that come from another faith are on fire for the Lord, their hearts are filled to the brim with the reality of the Eucharist. They bring the zeal we cradle catholics lack. I am overjoyed to hear of Mr. Hunt and others joining us on this marvelous journey to heaven. Praise the Lord! Please help us long time catholics, like Jeff Cavins and Scott Hahn have, see the true meaning of our faith. God bless you.

Thank you and Welcome!

Sincerely in Christ,

Christine

Joann March 7, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Welcome home, Allen!!! I have heard of so many Protestant ministers coming home, and we welcome every one of you as Jesus does. Those who disagree with you have not found their way yet, (as the name Protest-ant implies!),and we must pray for them. As for your wife, Jesus said that families will be divided, and it may be hard, but we should look forward to our sufferings, as they bring us closer to Him, and are nothing compared to what He suffered for us!!!
Now you see for yourself how in the Holy Eucharist, we Catholics actually DO receive the body and blood of Jesus!

(and yes, catholics are still Christians-actually, all christians are Catholic, since they all seperated from us, and not nice-versa.)

Catholic Defender March 13, 2008 at 5:37 PM

What a great blessing to see this happening. I have had the chance to speak with a number of Army Chaplains who are also heading to Rome. I remember having many discussions with a United Methodist friend of mine back in the middle 1980′s. God is so good and His grace is so rich! I believe that these converts will help bring in many to the fold!!! God bless you and welcome Allen Hunt!

Ken Hagler April 8, 2008 at 7:32 PM

I know I’m late to posting here but for the record, Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, was not at the time Allen Hunt was the pastor, the third largest UMC church in the world. It was not even third largest in the North Georgia Annual Conference.

According the statistical tables of the North Georgia Conference, membership at Mt.Pisgah in 2006 was 7,010. That is behind Roswell UMC @ 7,272, Cascade UMC @ 7,252, Ben Hill UMC @ 9,826, and Mt Bethel UMC @ 7,951. The statistical tables are public record at http://www.ngumc.org.

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