What is the religion of Mike Pence? Is Mike Pence a
The claimed religion of Mike Pence has raised more than a few eyebrows. Mike
Pence calls himself an "Evangelical Catholic." "Evangelical" means according to
the Gospel of the Bible, while "Catholic" of course means according to Roman
Does Mike Pence's claim about his religion represent a spiritual tug of war
within, a political strategy targeting both Catholic and
or can it actually be true? Finding the answer warrants retracing Mike Pence's religious journey.
Born into a deeply religious Irish Catholic family, Mike Pence was raised
Roman Catholic, served as an alter boy at St. Columba Catholic Church and
attended its parochial school in Columbus, Indiana before eventually
entering Hanover College, which has Presbyterian roots (see Mike
Pence Background) and where he made new acquaintances:
"I began to meet young men and women who talked
about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and while I cherish my
Catholic upbringing and the foundation that it poured in my faith, that had not
been a part of my experience." - Mike Pence,
Christian Broadcasting Network, February 10, 2010
That "a personal relationship with Jesus Christ...
had not been a part of" his "Catholic
upbringing" and "the foundation" of
his "faith" is a telling
observation about Roman
Catholicism. (see Is Roman
According to Mike Pence, he was born-again during his freshman year at Hanover
"Standing at a Christian music festival in Asbury,
Kentucky in the spring of 1978, I gave my life to Jesus Christ and that's
changed everything." - Mike Pence, Christian
Broadcasting Network, February 10, 2010
He continued to attend Catholic mass, which re-crucifies Jesus (see
served as a youth minister at a Catholic church, and even applied to graduate
school to become a Catholic priest.
IIn 1994, he was still calling himself a Catholic. By 1995, however, he and his
family had joined Grace Evangelical Church, an ecumenical Evangelical Free
Church of America (EFCA) congregation, in Indianapolis. After becoming the Governor of Indiana in
2012, he distanced himself from Grace Evangelical Church, saying that his family
is looking for a new church.
So is Mike Pence a born-again Christian?
GodVoter.org has invited him to share his Christian testimony by responding to
the questions below and look forward to his answers: