Teresa MacBain is a former Methodist pastor and the first female member of the Clergy Project to publicly ‘come out’ as a nonbeliever. During the
e 2012 American Atheist Convention, she bravely shared her true identity—a pastor who no longer believes—with the large crowd. News of the event spread, bringing worldwide attention to the Clergy Project. The following year, she was named “Atheist of the Year" for her tireless efforts to help pastors and others dealing with their changing beliefs. She is the Director of the Hotline Project, Communications Chair for the Reason Rally, and writing her first book.
Teresa has spoken at conferences all across the U.S. and Canada. She’s appeared on CNN's Faces of Faith, NPR's All Things Considered and The Voice Of the Nation, and The O’Reilly Factor as well as being featured in the New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and many other news outlets. She has appeared in the documentary, A Path Less Taken and the independent film, Hug an Atheist.
Most importantly, Teresa is working diligently to create a future where people are not judged by what they believe. Through speeches, articles, interviews, and workshops, Teresa is dedicated to helping make it safe for people to be their true self without fear of persecution, hatred, or rejection.
Teresa lives down an Alabama dirt road with her better half, two great kids, several ‘grand-kittens’ a black lab, and her baby— Nicky (her Yorkie).