Galen Broaddus is a writer, web developer, and secular celebrant currently living in the flatlands of central Illinois.

As the son of a Baptist minister, he was raised in various Baptist churches in rural Illinois and later served as worship leader and unofficial music minister for one such church. Despite his best efforts, a combination of curiosity, an interest in philosophy and theology, and the Internet led him to reject Christianity.

Before getting into web development, Galen taught high school English at a small public school in Illinois, where he learned diplomacy and how to decipher really bad handwriting, among other things. He is also a certified Secular Celebrant with the Center for Inquiry, with whom he was a co-plaintiff in a successful federal lawsuit that granted secular celebrants the right to solemnize marriages in the state of Illinois.

You can also find him writing occasionally on his celebrant blog and tweeting slightly more frequently at here. When he’s not doing any of those things, he likes to perform and write music and occasionally spend time with his wife and two children. He can be reached by E-mail at