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. He is also the director of the Recovering From Religion program called The Secular Therapy Project; a groundbreaking effort to anonymously match interested clients with therapists who adhere to evidence based, secular therapeutic practices in their mental health treatment approach.
Executive Director Sarah Morehead grew up deeply rooted in the fundamentalist Southern Baptist church and spent years as a dutiful Christian wife and mother. Her long journey away from religious belief meant isolation for her and her children by their church community until she found the courage to reach out to the secular world. Passionate about helping others free themselves from the confines of faith, Sarah joined the leadership of Recovering From Religion in 2011 as its Deputy Executive Director. At the end of 2012 she was appointed Executive Director, where she spearheads programs like the Hotline Project and creates practical support avenues for anyone reconsidering the role of religion in their life.
In April of 2014 she was recognized for her tireless efforts with the Atheist of the Year Award by American Atheists. When focusing on life outside of RR, she enjoys home-schooling her many children, organizing events like Apostacon, and gardening.
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 daily 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. Currently, Mr. Phelps is completing a documentary with filmmaker Brad Johnson called Not My Father’s Son, which chronicles his own journey from faith and fundamentalism to tolerance and freethought.
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.