Recovering from Religion Gets a New Leader

In 2009, The God Virus author Darrel Ray began a group called Recovering from Religion to help people who wanted to leave their faith but needed emotional and social support to do it. Kind of like Alcoholics Anonymous for people breaking their religion addiction.

In a sign that shows how the group is growing, Jerry DeWitt was just announced as the new Executive Director.

Jerry DeWitt became an atheist after more than twenty-five years of Pentecostal ministry in his home state of Louisiana. His ministry experience begin at the early age of seventeen and included evangelizing across the United States and being the assistant pastor of two United Pentecostal churches and one Apostolic church. During his dilemma with doubt Jerry ultimately held the senior pastorate of two very unique congregations, one charismatic dominionist and the other non-denominational fundamentalist.

He also holds the distinction of being the first graduate of, and a spokesman for The Clergy Project, a private, invitation-only “safe house” community of current and former ministers who no longer hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions.

It’s a great selection — Jerry is someone who knows (probably better than most) the lengths some people have to go to move from religious belief to atheism. If you’d like to wish him well, ask any questions, or confess that you’re the pastor of a huge megachurch but don’t really believe in god, you can email him at jerry@recoveringreligionists.com.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.aprilonashley.com April

    That’s cool that a group like this exists. My parents were pretty laid back about all of us questioning and coming to our own conclusions (even though they were devout Catholics), but I have friends who would have been disowned to express such thoughts. It’s good that people like them have somewhere to go.

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  • Anonymous

    Clergymen who “lose their faith” and don’t have their own backup wealth or some secular way to make a living demonstrate the stupidity of choosing the ministry as a career.

    • Eskomo

      It’s not like they planned on losing their faith. The church just traps them.

      • RAHarden

        The church is not perfect, the world is full of hypocrites and people with issues and problems and when we come to Christ it doesn’t mean that these issues, all if any automatically go away and when we become a part of the church, we all bring baggage with us, that’s why it’s important to have proper discipling. The church is to be a place of healing, proper teaching and restoration, If it’s not that’s not God’s fault. The problem comes when we put our faith and trust in man instead of where it belongs, in God. Man will fail us God never will.    

  • David Waldock

    Gah, “very unique” my arse: they were either unique or not!

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