Many people have suggested we start an introductions section to our forum. Here it is, and I will start things off.
My name is Richard Haynes (AKA: Brother Richard). I am a writer and public speaker who happens to lives in the buckle of the Bible belt: Atlanta, Georgia.
I was raised in a nonreligious home, but as a teenage runaway, I had a very real "born again" experience. Almost immediately I became an evangelist and personally led hundreds of individuals to Christ.
I went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, and became an associate minister in a 12,000 member mega-church.
In 1993, a couple of months after the birth of our eldest daughter, my wife (Angela
) and I made the agonizing decision to leave our church which was engulfed in scandal. Terrified and unemployed, we began our long and arduous journey to rationality and nontheism.
I am now secularly ordained and have dedicated myself to encouraging and inspiring others to "come out" of the religious closet. I am also devoted to building the atheist community.
I maintain a blog called: Life Without Faith
, and I am the executive director of this wonderful site. (Which by the way is one of the world's largest atheist social networking sites).
If you would like to invite me to speak to your local group or at your convention, please feel free to contact me.
If you have any questions you would like to ask me, post them here. I will answer them all.