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Teresa MacBain on her transition from minister to atheist at Reason in the Rock 2012.

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Published on Nov 7, 2012

Teresa MacBain was raised in a fundamental Baptist home as the daughter of a pastor, and followed in his footsteps by seeking ministry opportunities throughout her adult life. Most recently, she'd served for six years as a senior pastor in the United Methodist Church, and for the eight years prior as a worship leader. Teresa's struggles with her beliefs began in her early teens, and her inability to find peace in the easy answers to her tougher questions led her to walk away from faith in 2011. In 2012 at the American Atheists Convention in Washington DC, she made the decision to 'come out' publicly as an atheist, and the local news coverage of the resulting reaction from the Christian community quickly drew the attention of the national media.

This year alone, Teresa and her story have been featured on CNN, NPR, Fox News Radio, The Thinking Atheist podcast, the Richard Dawkins website, and numerous freethought publications. Teresa recently became the new Public Relations Director for American Atheists in New Jersey, and also volunteers as a site administrator for The Clergy Project, a safe haven for active and former clergy who no longer hold supernatural beliefs, where she still works to raise awareness for those still trapped in the pulpit.

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