Dates: Born 8 December 1950
Occupation: Founder of Word of Life “megachurch”
Ekman is reported to have “stunned” his congregation by announcing, in March 2014, that he and his wife were converting to Catholicism.
“We have seen a great love for Jesus and a sound theology, founded on the Bible and classic dogma. We have experienced the richness of sacramental life. We have seen the logic in having a solid structure for priesthood, that keeps the faith of the church and passes it on from one generation to the next. We have met an ethical and moral strength and consistency that dare to face up to the general opinion, and a kindness towards the poor and the weak. And, last but not least, we have come in contact with representatives for millions of charismatic Catholics and we have seen their living faith.”
“Three words [explain my conversion] 'Authority', 'Sacraments', 'Unity'. Or put it another way: 'One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.'
See here for background about his conversion and for further resources.
© Ray Chidell 2014