The Baddest Man Alive…
…at least in my own mind.
I’m Jerry DeWitt, the man behind the pages, and I’m thrilled to have you join the family we’re building here at the Hope After Faith Podcast. In case you’re new (to the book or the podcast), here’s my story:
My Christian ministry started when I was just 17 years old. Over the course of my preaching career, I evangelized throughout the Southern United States, assisted at three Pentecostal churches, and eventually held the pastorate of two fundamentalist congregations. Want to hear my sermonizing in all its Pentecostal glory? Behold:
After more than 25 years of ministry, I realized I no longer believed, and that my motivation had actually been humanism (concern for the well-being of people) all along. You can read more about my journey out of faith in this Huffpost article or in my book (check the sidebar for links).
Since leaving the ministry, I’ve served as a board member of the Foundation Beyond Belief and The Clergy Project – and I was the first Clergy Project member to go public about my non-belief. I’ve been interviewed by The New York Times on multiple occasions; CNN twice; Morning Joe; Time Magazine; NPR twice; Q on CBC; The Christian Post; and many others.
I still live in the DeRidder, Louisiana area with my wife, Kelli, and our son, Paul.
These days, I keep myself pretty busy:
- I co-host the Hope After Faith Podcast with Bobby C. from the No Religion Required Podcast.
- I support the growing secular community in the Deep South, as well as the unique online community I’ve built with my son Paul DeWitt. You can check out that community on Patreon or Facebook.
- I go on book tours for Hope After Faith.
- I’m working with the Peabody Award-winning Bread and Butter Films to produce a documentary called The Outcast of Beauregard Parish, which picks up where Hope After Faith leaves off.
- I’m putting my many years of public service experience (and my humanist world view) to good use as a professional life coach and independent consultant for individuals, companies, and organizations.
- Last but certainly not least, I’m responsible for the upkeep of a respectable head of Preacher Hair.
A Beautiful Bromance.
They call me Bobby C., and I’m the other half of the Hope After Faith Podcast Bromance™.
My story doesn’t involve having a fine head of preacher hair, but I do know what it’s like to leave your faith and find that you no longer have a place to call your own.
I’m a native of Savannah, Georgia, and served proudly in the U.S. Army for ten years at the United States Military Academy at West Point. After the military, I became a police officer – and it was while serving my community in that role that I first started doubting the existence of a Supreme Being.
I wondered why a supreme being would allow the kind of tragedy and turmoil I saw in the lives of the people in my community – people that supreme being had supposedly promised to protect.
My journey to non-belief was the darkest time in my life. I spent seven years searching to find my new spiritual home, eventually landing on Buddhism. My five years as a practicing Buddhist helped me move away from the concept of God – and once I noticed loopholes in the Buddhist tradition, I realized the final step in my long journey. I no longer believed.
I’m now a proud atheist activist. I co-founded and am the producer of Hope After Faith, co-hosting with the Baddest Man Alive, Jerry D. I’m also the founder, host, and producer of the weekly No Religion Required podcast with my wife, Ms. Ashley.
These days, I focus my attention on fighting for equal rights for all people. I’m a speaker for the Secular Student Alliance, and have spoken at Georgia Southern University and the Carolina Secular Conference in 2015. I’m also a member of the Secular Media Network, a proud supporter of the LGBT community, and a defender of the separation of Church and State.
My ultimate goal is to help bridge the gap between theists and non-theists by facilitating open and honest dialog. I believe that only through that honest communication can we begin to mend the negative connotation many associate with the word “Atheism.”