Robert Sungenis was raised in a Catholic family, but became a Protestant in 1975, aged 19. He held various posts (e.g., elder, preacher, adult Sunday school director) in several Protestant Churches including a two-year employment under Harold Camping of Family Radio. He obtained his B.A. in Religion from George Washington University in 1979, and an M.A. in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1982. He obtained a non-accredited Ph.D. in Religious Studies in April 2006 from Calamus International University (CIU). With its corporate headquarters located in the British West Indies, CIU is a non-campus, distance-learning institute that is not recognized by any educational accrediting body in the United States or elsewhere Sungenis reverted to Catholicism in 1992 at the age of 37.