Recovering from Religion is thrilled to have a diverse and talented group on board as our staff. Each staff member brings not only experience and skill, but a unique perspective on helping those who are dealing with the negative impact of religion in their everyday lives.
Gayle Jordan, Executive Director
Gayle is a former Southern Baptist who left the faith 10 years ago when her then-teenagers began asking questions she could not answer. Her research led her (and her children) into the light of reason and rationality. Years later, she still feels the effects, both positive and negative, of that dramatic shift in perspective and attitude. It is this sympathy and compassion that drives her to reach out to help others navigate the emotional and physical process involved in leaving one's faith.
Gayle is an attorney and former personal trainer. She lives on Freethought Farm in middle Tennessee, where she spends her days amongst her longhorns, goats, donkeys, chickens, and dogs. She blogs about life on the farm, endurance event training, and secularism at Happy. Healthy. Heathen.
Dr. Caleb Lack, Secular Therapy Project - Director
Caleb is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Practicum Coordinator in the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma. A clinical psychologist licensed to practice in Oklahoma , Dr. Lack is the author of six books (including Critical Thinking, Science, & Pseudoscience: Why You Can't Trust Your Brain) and more than 40 scientific publications. In addition, Dr. Lack has presented nationwide and internationally at conferences on a variety of topics, including obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, paranormal belief and skepticism, innovative teaching and training methods, and more. He is on the editorial board of several scientific journals and a reviewer for both journals and granting agencies.
In addition to courses on his clinical and research specialties, Dr. Lack also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on critical thinking, science, and pseudoscience. These recently culminated in an wiki as well as a series of documentaries on pseudoscience and superstition in Oklahoma. He writes the "Great Plains Skeptic" column on the Skeptic Ink Network, as well as presenting about skepticism and critical thinking frequently. Dr. Lack is also the founding advisor of the UCO Skeptics, a campus group dedicated to the application and promotion of reason and scientific skepticism in all areas of life.
A native Oklahoman, Dr. Lack grew up in the rural community of Mountain View, where his parents still reside and farm and ranch on land that has been owned by the family for close to 100 years. He currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with his beautiful wife and brilliant son on a wonderful little property called Freethought Farm.