Newt Gingrich's journey through religions has been an odyssey.
religion of Newt Gingrich was Lutheranism. His second religion was
Southern Baptist. The third and present religion of Newt Gingrich is Roman
Born into a marriage that dissolved within weeks of his conception, Newt
Gingrich was raised Lutheran by his mother and stepfather, whose name he bears.
But religion does not appear to have played a significant role in Newt
Gingrich's early years.
By the time Newt Gingrich reached young adulthood, religion appears to have played no or
insignificant role in his life. There is no record of him having attended
Lutheran or any other church regularly in his early adulthood.
However, while studying history as a graduate student at Tulane University in New Orleans
in the late 1960s, Newt Gingrich became intrigued by the impact religion has had
on political theory and visited the nearby St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church to
pose some questions to its pastor, who later baptized him.
St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church was then a member of the conservative Southern Baptist Convention,
so Newt Gingrich was baptized into a conservative denomination. But St.
Avenue Baptist Church itself was liberal. It ordained its first
woman pastor in 1980 and left the Southern Baptist convention in 2001.
From the 1970s until the 1990s, Newt Gingrich was officially a member of the New
Hope Baptist Church, a megachurch, in south Atlanta, although he spent most of
his time in Washington D.C.
On March 29, 2009, no less than four decades after being baptized as a Southern Baptist,