Dwight was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. Eventually he was ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight.

Realizing that the Anglican Church and he were on divergent paths, in 1995 he and his family were received into the Catholic Church. For ten years they continued to live in England where he worked as a freelance writer and charity worker. Then in 2006 the door opened to return to the USA and be ordained as a Catholic priest, he now serves as Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina.


Fr. Longenecker is a popular speaker at many conferences and parish mission across the country.  He often tells his conversion story of how he went from being a student at Bob Jones University to being a Catholic priest because he’s a convert from evangelical Christianity he has a very unique perspective!

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