Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization here at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. Soon after, Tim joined the Marine Corps.
During his four-year tour, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community. During his final year in the Marines, however, Tim met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That encounter sparked a two-year search for the truth. Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he ended up studying his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church!
He converted to Catholicism in 1988 and spent the following six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania. He then studied theology on a graduate level at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for two years. Realizing that his calling was not to the priesthood, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization ever since.
Teen Apologetics – Tim teaches teens to evangelize using two basic principles: If teens are going to be effective in evangelizing their peers, they must be prepared and disciplined both intellectually and morally. They need to first know how to answer common objections intellectually and second they must live the Faith that they profess. There is no greater test of their moral lives than in the relationships they have with members of the opposite sex! Tim concludes this talk with a challenge to chastity.
David before Goliath - Tim tells teens the truth that they have been lied to: Culture tells them there is no essential difference between them and monkeys! Only a few primordial “accidents” separate men from the apes, according to popular culture. Tim debunks this myth while teaching teens the immeasurable dignity they have using stories from the Scriptures of young men and women who changed the world through heroic virtue. From a young Jeremiah, to “the three Hebrew children,” to John the apostle and the Blessed Mother herself all the way to a modern day example from a personal friend of Tim’s from Iraq, Tim demonstrates that all of us, whether we are seven or ninety-seven, are called to greatness… we are called to holiness.
Catholic Boot Camp for Teens – Tim presents a challenge to all teens to enter his Catholic Boot Camp for Teens. Using his own experience in Marine Corps Boot Camp, Tim relates the spiritual life as a call to the practice of virtue. Without the key word of discipline, virtue is impossible. Discover a system for teens to develop discipline and virtue in their lives Marine Corps style!
“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.