Jerry DeWitt was a pastor in the small town of DeRidder, Louisiana, and a fixture of the community. He had begun to question his Pentecostal faith, however, and late one night in 2011, a member of his flock called seeking prayer for her brother who had been in a serious accident. As DeWitt searched for the right words to console her, speech failed him, and he found that the faith which had once formed the cornerstone of his life finally crumbled to dust.
When DeWitt was eventually outed as an atheist, he found himself shunned by much of DeRidder’s highly religious community, losing his job, much of his family and nearly everything he’d known.
He has since become a leader and well-known speaker in America’s fast growing Secular movement. Hope after Faith tells the story of his life passage from a pastor with a deep Christian faith to a committed and considered atheism driven by Humanism, a profound moral dimension, and the happiness and self-confidence obtained by living free of supernaturalism.
Jerry DeWitt is an Author, Public Speaker and Secular minister which has made the major news-outlets numerous times in his three short years of activism.
Outlets such as: The New York Times, CNN, The Joy Behar Show and Morning Joe, just to name a few.
His Christian ministry began at age seventeen. He evangelized the United States and assisted in three Pentecostal churches. Later he held the pastorate of two fundamentalist congregations. After more than twenty-five years of ministry he realized he had become an Atheist.
Now he sits on the board of Foundation Beyond Belief and is a former, founding board member of The Clergy Project.
Currently Jerry is engaged in four projects:
1. Building a Secular community in Lake Charles, Louisiana named Community Mission Chapel.
2. Touring with his memoir 'Hope After Faith'.
3. Working with Bread and Butter Films to produce the documentary 'The Outcast of Beauregard Parish' which picks up were ‘Hope After Faith’ left off.
4. But most importantly he is hard at work rebuilding his family’s life and livelihood.
Jerry DeWitt has one son and still lives in DeRidder, Louisiana.
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