John Martignoni. Born Catholic, but never learned the Faith growing up. Left the Church when I went off to college. Received a B.S. in Finance and then an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama.
Went to work in the defense industry as a cost analyst for several years before returning to school - Univ. of North Carolina - to get a Ph.D. in Finance. Did not get the Ph.D., but came back to the Church at the end of the year I was at North Carolina. Was a cafeteria Catholic for a couple of years until getting hold of Scott Hahn’s “Conversion Story” talk and delving deeply into apologetics. First public practice of apologetics was to protest a virulently anti-Catholic program that was aired on the largest Evangelical radio station in Alabama, and wound up with a live, 1-hr. per week program on that same station doing Catholic apologetics. Starting giving talks at parishes soon after and that grew into a full-time job at which I’ve been working for the last 12 years or so.
John Martignoni Biography
B.S. in Corporate Finance, summa cum laude University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa 1980
Masters of Business Administration (MBA) University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa 1981
One year of Ph.D. work in Finance Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1988-89
●Director of the Office of the New Evangelization; Diocese of Birmingham. 2009 - Present
●Founder/ President; Queen of Heaven Catholic Radio; 1480 AM in Birmingham. 2005 - Present
●Founder/President; Bible Christian Society; an apologetics and evangelization apostolate that reaches tens of thousands in all 50 states and more than 70 countries around the world with the truths of the Catholic Faith. 2003 - Present
●Host; “EWTN Open Line”, a live, nationally-telecast, call-in radio program of Bible apologetics; every Monday afternoon on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network. 2003 - Present
In the last 20 years I have given talks at hundreds of parishes and conferences in the United States and Canada. Just a few of the venues at which I’ve spoken include: Defending the Faith Conference (Franciscan University of Steubenville), Archdiocesan Evangelization Conference (Archdiocese of Santa Fe), Annual Catechetical Conference (Diocese of Nashville), Annual Men’s Conference (Worcester, MA), Fullness of Truth Conference (Corpus Christi, TX), National Catholic Home-Schooling Conference (Baltimore), Ignited By Truth Conference (Raleigh, NC), Napa Valley Catholic Conference (Napa, CA), and more.
I have distributed over one million audio copies of my talks in the past few years, and my e-newsletter, “Apologetics for the Masses,” is sent every couple of weeks to about 40,000 subscribers in all 50 states and more than 70 countries. I have had several articles published in Catholic Answers magazine and at Aleteia.
My first television series was a 5-part mini-series called, “Blue Collar Apologetics,” that aired on EWTN television April 13-17.
Married 20 yrs. to Janel; three sons, Brennan, Ethan, and Noah, and one daughter, McKenna.
“John Martignoni’s explanation of the Faith is disarming. He uses simple, basic terms that those without a theological or scriptural background can easily comprehend. His delivery communicates conviction...If you want to strengthen your skills in apologetics, I encourage you to acquire and absorb Mr. Martignoni’s materials.”
Most Reverend Victor Galeone
Bishop (Emeritus) of St. Augustine, FL
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“ I was a protestant and got converted to catholic before my marriage. Though I was aware of what Catholics do, I was not aware of what they believe. And, to know the truth, I went through a lot of Catechism classes before marriage that did not do much to help me. They were quite 'technical'. I was after my husband to help me understand what they believe. Then he got me your audio downloads. After listening to which, I bless you, life has changed. Along with me, my husband too confesses that the insight towards the Church, the Truth and the Life has changed greatly for the good. And now when we look at the Altar, we know what we are looking at!”
Veronica & Vinfred Christopher
Andhra Pradesh, India
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Fr. Paul Hamilton