Jewish to Evangelical to Catholic

by Steve Ray on September 16, 2011


Richard Maffeo

Richard was born into a Jewish home in 1950. Twenty-two years later, he discovered Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, and served Him in evangelical Protestant churches for more than thirty-two years. In 2005 he was received into the Catholic Church.

My movement in 1972 from Jewish faith to Christ was so profound an experience, I can tell you when it happened, where I was and what I was doing when I committed myself to the Lord and joined the Protestant church.

But I cannot tell you when I knew I belonged in the Catholic Church. That process was more gradual. I didn’t know I was moving toward Rome until I opened my eyes and discovered I had arrived.

When some of my Protestant friends found out about my reception into the Catholic Church they asked me why. They’d known me a long time, some more than 30 years. We’d studied Scripture together, attended similar evangelical churches and enjoyed lively debates about our beliefs.

Why did I become a Catholic Christian?

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Waldemar Zurek October 15, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Hi Steve,

I’m so happy for Richard Maffeo but in this place I would like to say that recently for the first time in my life I met with the explanation given by Jew, why he does not believe that Jesus is the Messiah.

He is giving the explanations on this website, titled: Why Jews do not believe that Jesus was Messiah?

I always thought that in the Bible there are very strong evidences that, in the Person of Jesus Christ fulfilled all the prophecies of the Old Testament.

But he points to the 4 cases:

1st, from his pedigree;
2ndly, from his acts;
3rdly, from the period in which he lived; and
4thly, from the fact that, during his existence, the promises were not fulfilled which are to be realized on the advent of the expected Messiah, whereas the fulfillment of the conditions alone can warrant a belief in the identity of the Messiah.”

I do not want to rewrite all of his arguments, but I would be more than happy if someone could refer to his evidences and tell me why for us Christians the evidences are so strong but not for Jews.

Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you.
God bless you!

Rich Maffeo July 27, 2013 at 4:07 PM

It is now July 27 2013. I just happened upon this page after all this time. If the commenter is still waiting for an answer (I most sincerely apologize for the delay. I simply have not visited this page in so long), please email me at


Rich Maffeo August 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

In fact, if ANYONE is curious about my response, please email me at


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