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Tim Staples

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Tim Staples
Born (1964-07-11) July 11, 1964 (age 57)
Virginia, U.S.
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma mater
  • Jimmy Swaggart Bible College
  • St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
  • Mount St. Mary’s Seminary
💼 Occupation
Author, Apologist, Speaker

Tim Staples is a Catholic author, apologist, and lecturer.[1] He is the Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

In Surprised by Truth in a chapter entitled "The Bible Made Me Do It", Staples describes his early role models:[4]

From the time I was ten years old, I wanted to be a preacher like Billy Graham and my Baptist pastor. I dreamed of preaching in the pulpit on Sunday morning and leading people to Jesus Christ. Other kids wanted to be firemen and policemen; I wanted to be a preacher.

Staples joined the Marine Corps and served a four-year tour of duty.[5] During his time in the Corps, he became involved in ministry with the Assemblies of God, including participation in "street evangelization and leading Bible studies[,] young Christian singles groups and a detention center outreach."[4]

During his final year in the Corps, Staples was challenged by Matt Dula, a fellow Marine and "Catholic who really knew his faith", to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources:[4]

When I first met Matt and we started talking about religion, I assumed he would be another poor Catholic that I could help get “saved the Bible way.” I was in for quite a surprise. I started an argument that lasted my entire final year in the Marine Corps. In spite of the jousting, we became good friends. But when it came to religion, Christian charity would often go out the window. I thank God that Matt had enough knowledge of and love for his faith to give me intelligent answers about Catholicism. If it were not for him, I would not be Catholic today. I pray that my testimony will encourage Catholics to defend the faith when challenged by non-Catholics. I thank God for letting me encounter a Catholic who was willing and able to contend for the faith (Jude 13).

Following his military service, Staples enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the purpose, according to Staples, of proving Catholicism wrong.[6] Nevertheless, Staples describes this time as leading to his conversion to Catholicism.[7]

Staples converted to Catholicism in 1988 and spent the next six years in seminary, preparing to enter the priesthood. During this time, Staples earned a degree in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania, and studied theology at the post-graduate level at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.[8] Staples left seminary in 1994.

Staples' wife Valerie is a Director of Marketing with Pre‐Paid Legal Services and the Director of the Maria Goretti Girls, a Catholic teen group in the Diocese of San Diego.[9]

Career[edit]

For over twenty-five years, Staples has served as a Catholic apologist, stating there is a "growing crucial need" for apologetics among Catholics.[10]

Staples is currently serving as the Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers.[11] He is a regular guest on the Catholic Answers Live radio show.[12][13] Staples speaks at dozens of Catholic conferences and events every year.[14][15]

One of Staples' apologetics specialties is answering objections to the Catholic Church's teaching on the Virgin Mary.[16] Staples published Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines in 2014 in Twenty Answers: Mary in 2016.[17]

Books[edit]

  • Nuts & Bolts: A Practical Guide for Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith[18]
  • Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines

References[edit]

  1. "Catholic Apologist Tim Staples Says Catholics Should Be 'Leaven' in Hollywood". Patheos. 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Tim Staples Profile". Catholic.com. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  3. "Despite low Catholic marriage numbers, some see trend turning around". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Madrid, Patrick (April 7, 2016). Surprised by Truth - 11 Stories of Conversion to the Catholic Church. Basilica Press. pp. 238–250. ISBN 0964261081. Retrieved 28 December 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. "Tim Staples Profile". Catholic.com. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  6. "Tim Staples". Homeschool Connections. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  7. Jimmy Swaggart Made Me Catholic: A Conversion Story. WorldCat. OCLC 881471282. Retrieved 29 November 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  8. "About Tim Staples". Strange Notions. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  9. "Tim and Valerie Staples" (PDF). Whispering Winds. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  10. Holt, Nick (22 October 2018). "'Catholics take their faith for granted and don't know how to defend it', speaker Tim Staples says". Catholic Leader. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  11. "Tim Staples Profile". Catholic.com. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  12. "National Catholic apologist speaks at local parish about evangelizing and defending the faith". Intermountain Catholic. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  13. "Catholic Answers Live". Catholic Answers. Catholic Answers. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  14. "Catholic men urged to evangelize 'home front,' then go out to community". Catholic Sun. Catholic News Service. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  15. Meek, Richard (1 March 2019). "Catholic Men Called to Pick Up Daily Crosses" (PDF). Catholic Commentator. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  16. Hemsworth, William. "Catholic Convert: My Crazy Journey To Rome". The Pursuit of Holiness. Patheos. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  17. Staples, Time (May 8, 2016). 20 Answers: Mary. Catholic Answers Press. p. 80. ISBN 978-1784691165. Retrieved 29 November 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  18. Staples, Tim (June 1, 2008). Nuts & Bolts: A Practical Guide for Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith. Basilica Press. p. 134. ISBN 978-0964261020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png


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