Thank you, Lord, for your faithful servant, ex-priest, Richard Bennett!

After I returned to the Lord in 2014 following my very long prodigal “season,” I once again sought out evangelical ministries that specialized in Gospel outreach to Roman Catholics. I had been a Roman Catholic for 27 years, from 1956 until 1983, when, praise God, He saved me by His grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone! Gospel outreach ministries to Roman Catholics are obviously very dear to my heart, but these days, with the rising tide of ecumenical compromise and betrayal, such ministries face opposition not only from Catholic quarters, but also from evangelical ecumenical Judases.

One of the outreach ministries I came across after my return to the Lord was Berean Beacon founded by Richard Bennett. I recently learned that Richard was called to Heaven by the Lord this past September 23rd. Many Gospel Christians who were saved out of Roman Catholicism will miss Richard dearly.

Richard was born in Ireland in 1938. In 1956, at the age of 18, he entered the Catholic seminary with the goal of becoming a Dominican Catholic priest. In 1963, at the age of 25, he was ordained a priest. The following year, he was sent to the Caribbean island of Trinidad as a missionary priest. By 1972, he had become deeply involved with the growing Catholic Charismatic Movement and was often invited by Pentecostal congregations to speak as a gesture of faux ecumenical unity. Richard was involved in a serious car crash in the same year and during his convalescence he began seriously reading the Bible for the first time. After his recovery, Richard continued planting Catholic churches on the island, but he was increasingly troubled by the differences between Scripture and Catholic doctrine. He was so distressed by the discrepancies between God’s Word and Catholicism that he became physically ill. Richard reached the point where he knew he could no longer be a part of the Roman church. In 1985, he quit the priesthood and left Trinidad for Canada and the United States. A Christian couple in Washington State led him to the Lord and Richard repented of his sin and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior by faith alone. Praise God! He subsequently married his wife, Lynn, and the couple served as missionaries in Asia. The Bennetts returned to the U.S. and the Lord put it in Richard’s heart to start Berean Beacon ministry in 1990 as an outreach to Roman Catholics.

I thank the Lord for Richard’s faithful, twenty-nine-year outreach to Catholics with the Gospel of grace. It was clear from photos and videos of recent years that Richard was not in the best of health and yet he sacrificed and continued forward out of love for the lost souls of Catholicism. What would Gospel-compromising, evangelical Judas pastors and para-church leaders who embrace Catholicism as a Christian entity, men like Rick Warren, William Lane Craig, Ravi Zacharias, and Stephen Nichols, say about an ex-Catholic priest who devoted the last twenty-nine-years of his life to trying to lead Catholics to Christ and also warn believers of ecumenism with Rome?

Below are links to Berean Beacon and to my reviews of Richard’s four books:

Berean Beacon


Far From Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of Fifty Converted Catholic Priests

The Truth Set Us Free: Twenty Former Nuns Tell Their Stories of God’s Amazing Grace

Catholicism: East of Eden: Insights into Catholicism for the 21st Century

On the Wings of Grace Alone: The Testimonies of Thirty Converted Roman Catholics

41 thoughts on “Thank you, Lord, for your faithful servant, ex-priest, Richard Bennett!

      1. Thanks, Beth! I am soooo grateful for Richard and his ministry. Over the last 36 years, I have seen several faithful men who were called to reach Catholics with the Gospel go home to the Lord: men like Frank Eberhardt of Gospel Outreach, Bart Brewer of Mission to Catholics, Bill Jackson of Christians Evangelizing Catholics, Dave Hunt of Berean Call, and now Richard. I wonder where are the young men to raise up the standard and advance the Gospel of salvation in Christ to Catholics?

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    1. Thanks, sister! Yes, it is an amazing testimony to the Lord’s miraculous work, that Richard counted everything he once held so dear as rubbish compared to the riches in Christ Jesus.

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  1. I heard last week of his passing. I’m deeply grieved to hear that. I’ll be reading this post which I imagine has a bit more info of his bio. Going back to working on my lesosn for overseas…be back later!

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      1. It remind me of someone I know who is relatively famous for college football and who the person married but decided to go missions in a dangerous area and you can’t find anything about them online.

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  2. Thank you for this blog!! Pretty sure I’ve never heard of Richard Bennett before today – what a wonderful testimony and encouragement to us! 🙂 God bless, comfort and keep his wife and family, if they’re still on earth.

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  3. I see you mentioned Ravi Zacharias. When I first heard him, I thought he was so on-the-mark Biblically, speaking with such eloquence and seeming intelligence. I much enjoyed his way of speaking and the sound of his English. But as I heard more of him, I ran into red flags that made me concerned. Now I can’t even recall what they were, other than the taste left in my mouth that makes me avoid his words.

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    1. Ravi Zacharias is very enjoyable to listen to because of his speaking skils, but, yes, he is very ecumenical. I stopped listening to him because he kept referencing famous Roman Catholics as if they believed the same things as Bible Christians.


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