1475808_10153524176620076_65420325_nI'm a 20-something who wants to follow Jesus, help others find him and his Church, and make a positive difference in the world.

Born and raised in the Eugene-Springfield area in Oregon, I first learned about the Bible and encountered Jesus in various Protestant congregations growing up. Through further study of the Scriptures, Church history, theology, and philosophy, I was convinced that the Catholic Church is the Church that Christ founded and the only church with the fullness of truth and means of grace, and thus the Church I had to enter to be a faithful follower of Christ. The spring of my senior year at Wheaton College my wife and I both joined the Church. (Read more of my story here.)

In addition to a heart for evangelism and ecumenism, we passionately believe and try to live out Catholic social teaching in its fullness, including an openness to life in marriage ("Why We're Contraception-Free"), the protection of life from conception to natural death, the centrality of marriage and family, care for the poor, defense of worker's rights, and respect for creation.





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Ph.D. in Theology, with a concentration in moral theology, Catholic University of America (expected completion 2019)


M.A. in Theology with a concentration in systematic and dogmatic theology, St Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St Paul, MN (2015)


B.A. in Philosophy, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL (2010)



Work Experience

ChurchPOP | Founder & Editor | August 2014 to present

ChurchPOP is a site for shareable Christian fun, humor, and inspiration.

Aleteia | Asst. Editor, Community Manager for English Edition | October 2012 to June 2014

First launched in the Fall of 2011, Aleteia is a project of the Foundation for Evangelization through Media led by Jesús Colina, the founder and former director of news agency Zenit. Aleteia seeks to be "the world from a Catholic perspective" and is published in six languages.

Golden Shovel Agency | Freelance copywriter | December 2012 to December 2013

I composed Facebook posts, Tweets, blog posts, and press releases for their clients.

St Paul Seminary School of Divinity | Research assistant to Dr Christopher Thompson (Academic Dean) and Dr Christian Washburn | October 2012 to March 2013

For Dr. Christopher Thompson I did research and clerical work for the school of divinity. For Dr. Christian Washburn I did editing work for a book.

St Francis Xavier Parish (Buffalo, MN) | Director of Family Faith Formation | September 2010 to September 2012

At various points I managed the parish's K-10 faith formation program (+500 students), 1st Sacraments and Confirmation preparation, the high school youth group, adult faith formation offerings (including developing and teaching original courses), and summer vacation bible school (+120 children).

Wheaton College Philosophy Department | Research and Teaching Assistant for Dr Jay Wood, Teaching Assistant for Dr Bob O'Connor | August 2008 to May 2010

As research assistant for Dr. Jay Wood, I did research for one book and edited another. As his teaching assistant, I taught classes in his absence, tutored students, and graded homework and tests. As teaching assistant for Dr. Bob O'Connor, I graded homework and tests.

Wheaton College Advancement Department | Phonathon Supervisor, Team Captain, Caller | January 2007 to May 2010

I started as a Caller for Wheaton College's 'Phonathon' (in which students call alumni annually to raise money), was promoted in a few months to Team Captain, and finally to Supervisor, a position I held for two years until I graduated.



ChurchPOPicon is a site for shareable Christian fun, humor, and inspiration. I'm the Founder and Editor.




Second Nature

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Second Nature is an online journal for critical thinking about technology and new media in light of the Christian tradition. I'm a Co-Founder and serve as a Co-Editor. More information is on its About page.



International Institute for the Study of Technology and Christianity

iistcThe International Institute for the Study of Technology and Christianity (IISTC) exists to promote the study of technology in light of the Christian tradition. The IISTC is a non-profit corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. It is the official publisher of Second Nature. I'm a Co-Founder and serve as a Co-Director. More information is on its About page.


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"The Danger of Good Popes" (September 27th, 2013; "Web Exclusives")

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"A Hundred Years War: How the Culture of Death Has Been Targeting the Catholic Church" (September/October 2014 issue)

"Stale Mated: Why Defending Life & Marriage Has Gone Badly" (May/June 2014 issue; reprinted with edits on Aleteia as "Why We're Losing")

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I'm a Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Second Nature.

"Of Mics and Men: An Argument Against Microphones in the Liturgy" (April 1st, 2013)

"Serious Catholics Are Evangelical” (Review of George Weigel’s book Evangelical Catholicism; March 6th, 2013)

I'm the Founder and Editor of ChurchPOP.

"Where Fundamentalists Are Right: 5 Things Catholics Need to Take Seriously Again" (November 14th, 2014)

"The Sign From Which Demons Flee" (October 31st, 2014)

"6 Reasons This Evangelical Was Convinced ‘Humanae Vitae’ Is Right" (October 19th, 2014)

Content listed under "ChurchPOP Editor" is also by me.

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Brantly Millegan reviews Brad Gregory’s The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society” (March 21st, 2012)

"An Open Letter to Evangelicals: “We Need You”" (April 14th, 2014)

"4 Things Catholics Do that Rightly Scandalize Non-Catholics" (April 3rd, 2014)

"Stop Saying the Catholic Church Rejects “Birth Control”" (March 20th, 2014)

"4 Reasons I'm Glad I Got Married and Started a Family - At Age 21" (March 27th, 2014)

"Pope Francis, Internet Mega-Celebrity" (November 12th, 2013)

"5 Church Fathers on that Most Manly of Traits: the Beard" (October 30th, 2013)

-- Full list of my 187 articles

Some of my articles for Aleteia have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Catholic Sistas
"4 Reasons Getting Married and Starting a Family at Age 21 Was a Great Decision" (January 28th, 2014)

"What Apostolic Succession Is and Why It's Absolutely Essential" (September 24th, 2013)

"We're Talking About Eternal Salvation Here! 3 Need-to-Know Dogmas You Never Hear About" (September 12th, 2013)

"6 Bad Arguments You've Of Course Never Used Before" (July 24th, 2013)

"No, We Don't Worship Mary: What the Differences Really Are" (May 28th, 2013)

"Young, Evangelical, and Catholic" (My conversion story; May 16th, 2013)

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Why Losing the War on Christmas is a Good Thing for the Church (But Bad for Business)” (December 22nd, 2012)

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“True Story: Because I’ve Never Been Invited” (March 2013 issue)

“‘I love Jesus’ and other Facebook religions” (February 2013 issue)

Over 110 blog posts on the differences and similarities between Catholics and evangelical Protestants and why I left the evangelical Protestantism in which I was raised for the Catholic Church (blogged since January 2010). On the blog you'll also find:

- "Why We're Contraception-Free", a 6-part series that explains how my wife and I went from planning to use contraception to being convinced we shouldn't, and what our life has been like as a result

- "My Faith Story", which tells the story of how I was convinced to join the Catholic Church during my senior year at Wheaton College after having been raised as an evangelical Protestant.



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The Journey Home, on EWTN

March 17th, 2014 - Guest

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HuffPost Live, on The Huffington Post

May 9th, 2014 - Guest, "Pope Francis Makes Plea To Curb Capitalism"

June 24th, 2013 - Guest, "Pope Francis: The First 100 Days"

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Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd, on The Catholic Channel (SiriusXM 129)

March 25th, 2014 - Guest

The Son Rise Morning Show, on Sacred Heart Radio (740AM in Cincinnati, OH) and the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network

September 9th, 2014 - Guest

May 30th, 2013 - Guest

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The Mike Allen Show, on Real Life Radio (1380AM WMJR; central Kentucky)

January 23rd, 2015 - Guest

January 5th, 2015 - Guest

August 14th, 2014 - Guest

April 9th, 2014 - Guest

October 10th, 2013 - Guest

August 16th, 2013 - Guest

June 7th, 2012 - Guest

December 8th, 2010 - Guest

September 1st, 2010 - Guest

"Drawn to God's Design: Catholic converts share their stories of how the Church’s teaching on contraception led them to the Faith" by Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick



July 24th, 2014 | St. James Coffee, Rochester, MN | "A Love Story: Why We're Contraception-Free" (more info)

April 9th, 2014 | St. Joseph Parish high school youth group, West St. Paul, MN | "A Love Story: Why We're Contraception-Free"

March-April, 2014 | St. Joseph Parish, West St. Paul, MN | "How to Change the World: What You Can't Not Know About Catholic Social Teaching"

4 week course on Catholic social teaching, using the Compendium of the Social Teaching of the Church as a base text

November 12th, 2013 | St. Joseph Parish, West St. Paul, MN | Talk given to confirmandi, their parents, and sponsors

August 27th, 2013 | St. Joseph Parish, West St. Paul, MN | "Why I'm Catholic & Why It Matters"

Private; 30-45min on why I joined the Catholic Church, because I was convinced that it is the Church Christ founded

July-August, 2013 | St. Joseph Parish, West St. Paul, MN | "Catholic Social Teaching"

4 week course on Catholic social teaching, using the Compendium of the Social Teaching of the Church as a base text

July-August, 2012 | St. Francis Xavier Parish, Buffalo, MN | "Catholic Social Teaching: What to Consider When Voting"

4 week course on Catholic social teaching, using the Compendium of the Social Teaching of the Church as a base text

Spring, 2012 | Serra Club meeting in Maple Lake, MN | "My Conversion Story"

1 hr presentation on how and why I joined the Catholic Church after being raised an evangelical Protestant

July, 2011 | St. Francis Xavier Parish, Buffalo, MN | "Inside Evangelicalism"

4 week course on the history of American evangelicalism, recent developments, evangelical-Catholic dialogue, & my journey from evangelicalism to the Catholic Church

Summer, 2010 | St. Michael Parish, Wheaton, IL | "Inside Evangelicalism"

5 week course on the history of American evangelicalism, the history of Wheaton College, recent developments, evangelical-Catholic dialogue, & my journey from evangelicalism to the Catholic Church

"Love, and do what you will."

- St Augustine, 5th c.

"If you are a theologian, you will pray truly.

If you pray truly, you are a theologian."

- Evagrius Pontus, 4th c.

"If it's just a symbol, I say to hell with it."

- Flannery O'Connor, 20th c.

"He who has God / Finds he lacks nothing / God alone suffices."

- St Teresa of Avila, 16th c.


Connect With Me

Feel free to email me with the form provided or at brantly@brantlymillegan.com.