(WSJ) How two brothers, raised Baptist, found their way to two different faiths

Many people change faiths, but not like Brad and Chad Jones.

Identical twins, the brothers grew up in Elkin, N.C., a small town in the Bible Belt, the only children of devout Baptists. As boys, they attended the First Baptist Church of Elkin, studied Scripture, went to vacation Bible school and sang in the choir, as did many of their cousins, classmates and neighbors.

Today, Brad, 43, is a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Charlotte, and Chad is an Anglican bishop in Atlanta. Their parents, Jo Anne and Robert, remain faithful members of their Baptist congregation. When their sons visit, each celebrates mass according to his own rite in the dining room or living room of what has become a very ecumenical Jones household.

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4 comments on “(WSJ) How two brothers, raised Baptist, found their way to two different faiths

  1. Luke says:

    Have to be a subscriber to log in…

    I’d love to read the story, but don’t subscribe.

  2. David Keller says:

    I can’t read the story but I am curious how they changed “faiths” or “religions” when they are both Christians. I assume the writers in NY don’t have a clue that they merely denominations. It reminds me of a former religion writer who said he became a religion writer while working at the NY Times. The news editor needed a story covered and came in the news room and asked “Anybody here ever been to church?” He was the only one, so he got the story and a career.

  3. Luke says:

    So true. We have a good friend, who is RC, who has asked me on more than one occasion, “Please tell me the differences between your (Anglican) religion and mine.

    My answer was always “none,” but then I had to explain the basics to her.

  4. Terry Tee says:

    This is why we in the RC Church today discourage the use of the word ‘convert’ as in ‘I am a convert’ (as opposed to a cradle Catholic). Almost always the person will have been a baptised, believing Christian before being received into full communion.