Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. DarrEl W. Ray, Board president
Dr. Ray is the founder and President of the Board of Directors of Recovering From Religion. He 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".
Dr. Ray 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.
Teresa MacBain, board secretary & hotline project director
Teresa is a former Methodist pastor and the first female member of the Clergy Project to publicly ‘come out’ as a nonbeliever. During the 2012 American Atheist Convention, she bravely shared her true identity—a pastor who no longer believes—with the large crowd. News of the event spread, bringing worldwide attention to the Clergy Project. The following year, she was named “Atheist of the Year" for her tireless efforts to help pastors and others dealing with their changing beliefs. Currently, Teresa is the Director of the Hotline Project.
Most importantly, Teresa is working diligently to create a future where people are not judged by what they believe. Through speeches, articles, interviews, and workshops, Teresa is dedicated to helping make it safe for people to be their true self without fear of persecution, hatred, or rejection.
Nathan 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, Nathan 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.
RJ is an independent web designer, technology coach, and small business consultant. She has a Bachelors degree in Theater, a Master of Public Administration degree, and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Working with a dedicated group in the Omaha area, RJ has been instrumental in bringing APOSTACON to life each year. Billed as the 'sauciest freethought conference in the Noodleverse', RJ's talent is seen in the web design and graphics for the conference. Providing a fun and educational conference to the atheist community is the driving force behind her work with APOSTACON.
RJ's motivation is best displayed using her own words: "The spark that drives me is the light in someone's eyes when they finally figure something out. My passion is teaching others to go beyond the boundaries of what they think they can do."
SHANON NEBO, BOARD TREASURER
Shanon Nebo is the co-founder and President of Be Secular, an apparel company that promotes secularism and humanism with branding, image, and donations to secular organizations.
She also blogs under Danthropology on Patheos about current events and her life as a secular mother to two children.