United Methodist Pastor Comes Home

Rev Allen Hunt, pastor of the third largest United Methodist Church in the world is to resign his ministry and be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. You can read his statement here.

Welcome home Allen! May your new ministry be blessed abundantly, and as you come, may your Evangelical insights, deep faith and personal gifts be used for the good of the Catholic Church and the blessing of many.

  • Anonymous

    Evidently, you haven’t read the information you posted as his statement. He has not been pastor at this United Methodist Church for several months. Also, to call it the third largest in the denomination is in error. It may be the third or fourth largest in Georgia. Good job of embellishing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    I beg your pardon anonymous. If what you say is true, I am guilty of second hand shoddy journalism since I was quoting another blogger, and didn’t take the time to check my facts.I am innocent, however, of ‘embellishment’–a word you so politely used instead of ‘lying’.

  • Julie

    Anonymous, All sources that I have seen say that Mount Pisgah is the third largest in the world. Perhaps you have numbers that indicate otherwise? And welcome to him by the way. What a blessing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01960521706457744649 tara

    Hooray! Welcome Home!

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone but me made uneasy by this kind of late conversion? I wish the gentleman well and I welcome him into the church, but what about his former congregation?I understand the many personal and professional problems of a Protestant minister who begins to doubt Protestantism, but a person who preaches week after week to a congregation who follows him and then says, “Now that I’m retired I’ll do what I think is right” seems to me to have in some ways betrayed many people, and if I were one of his congregation I would be very upset.But again, I welcome this gentleman to the church.Gail

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06975120700184179765 eulogos

    Late or early, people have to follow their consciences. Once one comes to believe that the Catholic Church is Christ’s Church…or even that it is the center and heart of Christ’s Church..that Christ’s Church subsists in the Catholic church, one has to become a Catholic. Once someone knows that he would be disobeying God not to become a Catholic. That is true whether he is 18 or 80, and whether he is a pastor or a truckdriver. Some people do seem to feel betrayed when a pastor converts, but it is hard for me to understand why. Didn’t they want him to follow his conscience? I wonder if it isn’t that their own consciences are challenged by such an action by one they admired, and some people resent such a challenge. The action does, in my opinion, say that the church one has converted to is more true, or has more of the truth, than the one the pastor is leaving. It challenges people to try to find out if this is so, to consider the issues, to learn, grow, possibly have to change. Some people resent that and even call it a betrayal. On the other hand, there was one couple in the commenters at the linked site who seemed to be genuinely asking for help figuring out these questions. I hope Mr Hunt, or somebody, contacts them to help them. Susan Peterson

  • Anonymous

    Father,I believe you that you were quoting another blogger. But, you post gives no evidence of quoting. And, you do not credit the one you quoted. That is plagiarism. Please do quote and do cite your sources.

  • Anonymous

    Just one more indication that the coming of Christ draweth nigh… the apostasy and falling away that Paul clearly warns about. More will follow the broad path of the deceived to the harlot of Revelation and the heresies of Rome. The false world church is clearly in view.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16767816363951455718 Ken L. Hagler

    Fr. Longenecker, I know I’m late to posting here but for the record, Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, was not at the time Allen Hunt was the pastor, the third largest UMC church in the world. It was not even third largest in the North Georgia Annual Conference.According the statistical tables of the North Georgia Conference, membership at Mt.Pisgah in 2006 was 7,010. That is behind Roswell UMC @ 7,272, Cascade UMC @ 7,252, Ben Hill UMC @ 9,826, and Mt Bethel UMC @ 7,951. The statistical tables are public record at http://www.ngumc.org. I hope this helps in clarifying what has been reported. Blessings.