A former evangelical preacher, now a Catholic, will speak at St. Anne’s Church
A former evangelical minister who got his start at Hope Chapel-Kaneohe returns to his old preaching ground to speak, this time as a Catholic at St. Ann’s Church.
Jeremy Rivera will lead a four-night parish mission, 6-8 p.m., September 25-28, at St. Ann’s Church, 46-129 Haiku Road, Kaneohe. Free entry. The event, titled “A Tale of Two Tribes – A Story of Conversion,” will kick off with a potluck dinner on September 25 at 5 p.m.
Rivera attended college at Hawaii Pacific University, during which time he was tutored at Hope Chapel-Kaneohe. He graduated in 1997. He became a college and young adult pastor at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu and eventually an evangelical pastor there, followed by pastors in California and Colorado.
“After many years, I began to yearn for a deeper connection with the early Church, the lives of the saints and the teaching authority that only the Catholic Church offers to a very confused culture on matters of faith and moral,” he said. in a press release.
After a meeting with Bishop Charles Chaput, he returned to the Catholic Church of his youth in 2006.
In May, he told his story on the Chris Stefanick Show, a Catholic TV show. In three months, the interview has been viewed more than 250,000 times on YouTube. One of those viewers was Sacred Hearts Father Richard McNally, pastor of St. Ann, who invited him to the parish to talk about his conversion.
“God reveals to me how thorough he is by looping me back, on the windward side,” Rivera said.
“I think the story highlights God’s commitment to all who have been sacramentalized but perhaps not evangelized,” he said. “It’s a story of hope for those who have loved ones far from the church.”
“God invites every Christian to ongoing conversion and change,” Rivera said, “it’s easy to get stuck in the swings as an Evangelical or a Catholic.”
“Following Christ is a crazy adventure and I have learned not to be surprised by the way he works anymore,” he said.
Rivera said he “personally invites” more than 70 non-practicing Catholics to St. Ann’s Mission.
Praise music will be provided by musician Mark Souza, a friend of Rivera’s from his days at Hope Chapel-Kaneohe.
Rivera is the founder and president of The Little J Marketing Co. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Leslie, and their four children.
For more information about the mission, call the parish office at 808-247-3093. Or email [email protected]