Board of Directors
Dr. Darrel W. Ray is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Recovering From Religion. Dr, Ray has been a psychologist for over thirty years and is the author of four books: two on organizational teamwork as well as “The God Virus-How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture” and “Sex and God-How Religion Distorts Sexuality”. He has been a student of religion most of his life and holds a Masters Degree in religion as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a Doctorate in psychology.
Sarah Morehead was raised as an evangelical Southern Baptist with family deeply rooted in the conservative Southern Baptist as well as Pentecostal churches. She spent many years seeking to live a life as a faithful and dutiful Christian wife before gradually letting go of her religious beliefs. Her involvement in organizational leadership with many local area groups over the past 15 years brings a clear direction and focus that will allow RR to achieve our many goals both now and in the future. Passionate about her desire to help others let go of the confines of faith, she has a tremendous empathy and appreciation for the many challenges associated with disengaging from lifelong religious belief systems.
Teresa MacBain became a non-believer after more than 20 years of ministry throughout the Deep South. Through a long process of questioning, research, and reality-based thinking, she discovered the religious faith she’d built her life upon was simply a lie. She came out publicly as an atheist during the 2012 American Atheist convention in Bethesda, Maryland. Teresa received her B.S. in Christian Education at Samford University and she also holds the distinction of being the first female “graduate” of the Clergy Project, a private online support group for pastors who no longer believe in the supernatural, and she was named “Atheist of the Year” for 2013.
Nathan Phelps is an author and engaging speaker on religion and child abuse, as well as an outspoken LGBT advocate, and the Executive Director for the Center For Inquiry in Calgary. He has dedicated his life to spreading his message and has become an inspiration to those who grew up in oppressive religious families.
The son of the notorious Fred Phelps, Nathan was raised inside Westboro Baptist Church, America’s most infamous church family. He grew up physically, emotionally and mentally bullied every single day by his father, all in the name of God, until his 18th birthday when he managed to finally escape. Despite his background, Nathan hopes to continue spreading his message of healing, love, and acceptance through the goals and vision of Recovering From Religion.
Richard Haynes was raised in a nonreligious home, but as a teenager had a “born again” experience. He almost immediately became an evangelist, and personally led hundreds to Christ. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, and became an associate minister in a 12,000 member mega-church. In 1993, he and his wife Angela made the agonizing decision to leave their church, which was engulfed with scandal. Terrified and unemployed, they began their long and arduous journey away from religion and free from faith. Richard is now secularly ordained and has dedicated himself to building supportive secular communities, encouraging countless others to “come out” as non-believers.