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.
Jason Shanks brings a wealth of background and experience to his role as President of OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation, overseeing the annual OSV Innovation Challenge and OSV Innovation Talks, both launched to ignite creativity and entrepreneurship in the Catholic Church. His vision for renewal through innovation is unparalleled and stems from his conviction that the Church is evergreen from generation to generation and must be re-presented fresh and anew to today’s modern world. Prior to his role at OSV, Jason served as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan and was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business with their 40 Under 40 Award in 2014. In addition, Jason served as Secretariat Leader of Evangelization and Parish for the Diocese of Toledo and was the founder of Catholic Youth Summer Camp. Prior to this, he spent eight years as the Business and Pastoral Leader for a local parish.
Jason holds a BA in education from Miami University of Ohio, and MA in Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum with an emphasis in the New Evangelization, and an MA in nonprofit administration from Mendoza College of Business of the University of Notre Dame. He also holds a certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Jason resides in Northern Indiana with his wife, Melissa, and their five children.
Fr. Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching Religious Congregation based in Auburn, Kentucky. Ordained a priest during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Catholic Thought from the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada and his dual Master of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees in Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. His secular college degrees are in journalism and communications.
Fr. Wade is currently the Assistant General and has served as Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians for the Fathers of Mercy. Fr. Wade has also served as the Chaplain-in-Residence at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. While at the Shrine, Fr. Wade was a daily Mass celebrant, homilist, and confessor; he also gave spiritual conferences on specialized points of Catholic Christian doctrine to the many pilgrims who visit the Shrine. Both the Monastery and Shrine are affiliated with EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network.
Fr. Wade has been a contributing writer for The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Twin Circle, Catholic Faith and Family, The Wanderer, Pastoral Life, The Catholic Faith, Lay Witness and Christian Ranchman publications. Several homiletic series of his have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, an international journal for Priests. Fr. Wade has also been a guest on various episodes of EWTN’s “Mother Angelica Live” and “Life on the Rock” programs during which he discussed such topics as the sanctification of marriage and family life, vocations, and the Sacred Liturgy. He has also hosted several televised series for EWTN, which have covered such topics as the necessity of the spiritual life, The Four Last Things, The Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life, and The Gospel of Life vs. the Culture of Death. He is also the host of the EWTN segment series “The Crux of the Matter” and “The Wonders of His Mercy”. His many theological and doctrinal presentations have been featured on EWTN Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Guadalupe Radio Network, Covenant Network Radio, Catholic Broadcasting Northwest, and Voice of Virtue International. He is the author of two books from EWTN Publishing: The Four Last Things: A Catechetical Guide to Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell and Overcoming the Evil Within: The Reality of Sin and the Transforming Power of God’s Grace and Mercy. Fr. Wade is also the host of EWTN Global Catholic Radio’s “Open Line Tuesday.”
Nathan Crankfield was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA. He was baptized Lutheran, but entered the Catholic Church at age 13, becoming the first Catholic in his family. In 2015, he graduated from Mount St. Mary's University, where he received an Army ROTC Scholarship. After graduation, Nathan was commissioned and trained as an Infantry officer at Fort Benning, GA, where he completed U.S. Army Airborne School and Ranger School. Upon completion, he headed to Fort Bragg, NC, where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division for three years.
After a deployment to Afghanistan, Nathan knew it was time to pursue his love for evangelization. Throughout his life, Nathan has cultivated a deep passion for encouraging others to fulfill their potential and purpose. In 2019, he accepted a position at the Dynamic Catholic Institute, where he faithfully served as a Parish Consultant for the archdiocese of Kansas City, MO & Austin, TX. Nathan served as a Resident Director at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. He currently resides in Denver, Co and is engaged to be married in March 2022 to his fiancée Emily Harpole.
Men's Apostolate, Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend
We are Catholic men who seek to Rekindle the Fire of Christ's love within us, and become better leaders, friends, husbands, fathers and sons; the men God calls us to be, through prayer, fellowship, faith and spiritual service to our family, parish and community.
Chapters are popping up throughout the diocese. Find the one closest to you and come join us at our next meeting!
St. Vincent dePaul
Fort Wayne (North)
Third Sunday of the month,
6:30PM - Parish Hall (look for lit torch at door)
St. Pius X
Third Monday of the Month
Fort Wayne (South)
2nd and 4th Wednesday
7:00 PM in the Parish Office
St. Thomas the Apostle
Sons of St. Joseph meet third Sunday of the Month
4:00 PM - Elliott Hall. Mass follows at 6:00 PM.
St. John Bosco
Fourth Wednesday of the month,
7:30 PM - Church Basement
Third Thursday of the Month, 7:00 PM
St. John the Evangelist
Third Tuesday of the Month
8:00 PM in the church basement.
First Sunday of the Month
6:00 PM in the Church Basement
St. Jude/Sacred Heart/Queen of Peace
Third Thursday every month