J.C. Michael Allen didn’t consider himself religious. But that was before he found himself interviewing a controversial Episcopal priest as a writer for Look magazine.
The priest was James Albert Pike and he spoke of racism, abortion, birth control and exploitation of workers.
Allen was taken with Pike’s activism and told him: “If I could believe in God, I’d become a priest.”
Allen was baptized soon after. He went on to become an ordained Episcopal minister and the dean, or head priest, at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral in downtown St. Louis.