The Life and Times of St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles

If St. Peter was the cornerstone of the early Church, St. Paul was the capstone. A dramatic encounter with the Risen Christ transformed him from a persecutor of the first disciples into the Apostle to the Gentiles. He traveled through the cities of the ancient Mediterranean world, moving through cultures, making disciples and establishing churches, instructing them in the foundations of the Christian faith. He wrote nearly a third of the New Testament.

This class follows the life of St. Paul, discovering the world he came out of and moved through as an evangelist. We will explore his conversion on the road to Damascus and his subsequent formation and acceptance by the apostles he formerly persecuted. We will follow him on his missionary journeys progressively deeper into the Roman Empire until they brought him to the city of Rome itself. We will see how, even from the dungeon of the Mamertine Prison in the Roman Forum, he continued to minister to the churches he had started, commissioned his protege St. Timothy, and evangelized even the Praetorian Guard in Ceasar’s palace. And we will follow him to his execution and burial outside the city walls. Join Greg Smith as he leads this seven-session journey through the life and times of St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles.

Greg Smith

For four decades, Greg has taught and traveled, written and led throughout the Christian world, over thirty of those as a Protestant. After a decade-long “Road to Rome” journey, Greg and his wife “crossed the Tiber” and joined the Roman Catholic Church in 2016. With his eclectic background, he brings a global perspective on the historic Christian faith. Currently, Greg serves as the Director of Ministries at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, teaches at the Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization, and is the founder of One Whirling Adventure.