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Jerry DeWitt


Jerry DeWitt

Jerry DeWitt
Born September 17, 1969
Occupation Writer, public speaker
Genre Nonfiction
Notable works Hope After Faith

Jerry DeWitt is an American author and public speaker, and a prominent member of the American atheism movement.[1][2] He is a former pastor of two evangelical churches, who publicly deconverted to atheism in 2011.[3] DeWitt is the former executive director of Recovering From Religion, a group which helps people find their way after a loss of faith.[4]


DeWitt is a former pastor of two churches surrounding

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The former fundamentalist minister hosted the first meeting of the Community Mission Chapel, which DeWitt calls an "atheist church". In a story for the New York Times, DeWitt said, "Just because we value critical thinking and the scientific method, that doesn't mean we suddenly become disembodied and we can no longer benefit from our emotional lives."[11]

Community Mission Chapel

DeWitt has written a book based on his career and experiences entitled Hope After Faith.[10] The 288-page autobiographical book was written by Dewitt and Ethan Brown, and published in 2013 by Da Capo Press.

[2] In 2011 and 2012, he served as the executive director of

After becoming aware that he no longer held theistic beliefs, DeWitt joined the Clergy Project, a group which lends confidential support to preachers who no longer believe in God. The Clergy Project was founded by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Linda LaScola, and former preacher Dan Barker.[8] DeWitt's outing as an atheist occurred in October 2011 after a photo circulated online of DeWitt and Dawkins, taken at a meeting of freethinkers.[7] DeWitt was the first member of the Clergy Project to drop anonymity and speak freely about his involvement in the project. After more information emerged on Dewitt's loss of faith, he was fired from his secular job, and his wife left him,[1][2] although they later reconciled.[9]

[1] He preached for the last time in April 2011.[1] He later found himself unable to invoke God's help after a congregant asked him to pray for her injured brother.[7].contemplated the idea of hell DeWitt first experienced doubts about his religious beliefs when he [6][5][1]

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