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Matthew Leonard - September 11 at 6:30pm
Matthew Leonard is an internationally-known speaker, author, podcaster, filmmaker, and Vice President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (founded by Dr. Scott Hahn). A convert to Catholicism and former missionary to Latin America, Matthew is a frequent guest on Catholic radio and TV. He is the author of two books and hosts a podcast on iTunes titled "The Art of Catholic." Matthew is the Executive Producer and hist of the best-selling Bible and the Virgin Mary and Bible and the Sacraments video series. He holds a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Matthew lives in Ohio with his wife and their five children.
Jamie Cleaton is a husband and a father of three children. He works full time as a youth minister for the high school youth group, junior high youth group, and confirmation program at Sacred Heart Church in Ocean Beach, California. He has been active in ministry ever since graduating from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2009 with degrees in Catechetics and Theology and a concentration in Youth Ministry. The Scripture passage that drives him in his speaking tours is John 10:10 when Jesus says "I came that you might have life, and have it to the fullest." His dynamic speaking ministry declares to people of all ages, and especially youth, that our search, our hunger, and our desperation for fulfillment and meaning, are a longing for the adventure that only Christ can offer.
Dr. John Bergsma is a Full Time Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Ohio. He served as a Protestant pastor for four years before entering the Catholic Church in 2001. Dr. Bergsma's articles, come co-authored with Dr. Scott Hahn, have appeared in several academic journals as well as Lay Witness, the magazine of Catholics United for the Faith, and he has published two books, Bible Basics for Catholics and New Testament Basics for Catholics. He also has several Bible studies on CD, DVD, and MP3, and has appeared as a guest on Catholic radio and TV. Dr. Bergsma is a popular teacher who inspires his students with a love of Scripture.
Prior to 1994 neither Steve or his wife Janet had ever set foot in a Catholic Church. After studying many books to convince their best friend and recent convert, Al Kresta, that the early Church was evangelical, Steve and Janet backed their way right into the Catholic Church. They entered the Church in 1994. Steve began writing a letter to his father explaining why they became Catholic...this letter soon became the book Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historic Church. Since then Steve's passion for the depth of truth found within the Catholic tradition has led him to walk away from his business and pursue what he really loves-writing, speaking, producing Catholic films and leading pilgrimages to Biblical Lands. Steve is a regular guest on Catholic radio and TV.
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
124 Columbus Street, Bakersfield, CA 93305, (661) 323-3108