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.
Why Be Catholic?
This is actually two talks. In the first, Tim demonstrates the existence of God using philosophy and science, and proves “beyond a reasonable doubt” the natural immortality of the human soul, natural Law, the necessity of divine revelation, and the Catholic Faith as the fullness of that divine revelation. In the second, Tim covers the key sticking points with Christians who agree with much of what Catholics believe but can’t square with Scripture many of the teachings of the Church. Tim answers these points in a way that the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church comes shining through. The talks can be given alone or together.
God Is Looking for a Few Good Men
Tim offers straight talk to men about sacrificing for their wives and children in the way Christ sacrificed for his Bride, the Church. He challenges men to be the kind of men who will bring about by their prayers and sacrifices the kinds of families that will serve to strengthen both the Church and the culture through faithful service.
Jimmy Swaggart Made Me Catholic
With a mixture of self-effacing humor and passionate love for the faith he came to through years of study and prayer, Tim offers an hour’s worth of heartwarming stories and thought-provoking insights into the Church, Scripture, and what it means to discover, embrace, and live out the Catholic Faith. This is the perfect talk for anyone looking to bring faith alive for family, friends, or co-workers considering Catholicism.
“Having known Tim Staples since his conversion to the Catholic Church, I have witnessed him grow through so many stages of serving our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ and his Church. I love the way his knowledge and clarity about the Faith have grown, and he presents the Faith with vigor, love, and enthusiasm. He is not a speaker for the faint of heart, and I always want him on our team.”
— Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.