Ansley is a 22 year old from Eastern Washington. She left the Evangelical Church at 18 and has been on a journey of deconstruction and finding new hope ever since. When she is not volunteering in local politics or reading a book, she can be found snuggling her puppy Cookie.
Dani is the author of Shameless: How I Lost My Virginity and Kept My Faith. She's written or edited for Bustle, Mashable, Fortune, NY Mag's The Cut, The Billfold, PopSugar, and Darling magazine. She also created ReadThisNext, a book recommendations app for fiction lovers, and lives in San Francisco.
Imani is a woman from Baltimore by way of Michigan. She grew up in churches that preached prosperity gospel and purity. In college, she decided to join a church again and realized her passion for healthy community and reading the Bible fully and with context. When she's not in church she produces a podcast about the teen show Riverdale and the future of Black art. She blogs (sometimes) at imanispence.com. She currently lives with her grandparents in the suburbs of Detroit.
Justin lives in a conservative college town in Texas with his beautiful progressive wife, progressive ideology, and many pets. When he isn't working his day job, he contemplates theology and tries to cultivate humility (when he isn't watching Netflix). You can find him on twitter @apisorcus, or fire an email towards email@example.com.
John was nurtured in the ways of conservative evangelicalism in rural Pennsylvania and suburban New York, but through over a decade in California finishing math and MDiv degrees and working as a missionary he slowly became the progressive Christian in search of community that he is today. His favorites include the moon Enceladus, the number -163, the candlesticks the bishop gives to Jean Valjean, and a teahouse in Budapest.
Bethany Sparkle - Social Media Manager
Bethany lives with her partner and his wife in Washington state and attends the University of Washington pursuing her MSW. She prefers she/her or they/them pronouns equally (but will stick with one for this bio). She plans to be a therapist specializing in religious trauma and has daydreams about research and a nonprofit someday. In the meantime she works in a teen homeless shelter, spends an inordinate amount of time on movies and television, and enjoys starting inappropriately intense conversations at parties. Her dog, Waffles, is both the joy and the bane of her existence.
Delisa is a queer Black woman and Chicago native, currently residing in SoCal. She has her Masters in philosophy, and is passionate about seeing liberation come to fruition for every Black person regardless of gender identity, class status, etc. Thus, She is becoming more of an organizer in Leftist spaces.
If Jeremy were still the man that he was ten short years ago, name-dropping the people and ministries he worked for might bring an evangelical sparkle to your eyes.
After growing up in the decadent 80s culture of South Florida, Jeremy found Jesus at a Lutheran High School in 1989. It wasn’t too long after his graduation that he went off to serve a short tour in the US Army. Upon his return home, Jeremy enrolled in Bible College, worked in full-time ministry for ten years, and subsequently lost his mind.
It’s only been in the last ten years that the world started making sense again, as he left the church and Christianity behind. Having worked out his own sanity with fear and trembling, Jeremy is pursuing a deeper knowledge of Buddhist philosophy with a dash of science on the side. He now resides in Northern California, where he is raising his two teenage sons, is engaged to the amazing Melissa, and is working for a tech company that he loves.
Katharine is a blogger and author living in Seattle whose work often focuses on those marginalized by the church, including LGBT people and people of color. A former Christian puppeteer and children's pastor's kid, she is weaning herself off the need to compulsively volunteer for things. You can find her on Tiwtter at @realstrangekaty or www.katharinestrange.com
Kelly is a writer and singer in North Carolina. She is enneagram obsessed and a huge advocate for self-awareness in all areas of life. This year, between her marriage ending and transitioning out of her job at an evangelical megachurch, she’s happily facing a fresh start, balancing changing ideologies with building and rebuilding her community and relationships, all while figuring out a new version of god and faith.
Caris is passionate about justice, history, and how they intertwine (or so often don't, as the case may be). A 5w4, she is pursuing a degree in American Studies and lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Doug is an INTP, Enneagram 5, and Pantheistic Existential Agnostic Christian Humanist. Previously associated with the American Baptist Church and the Church of Christ, he is now an active member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has degrees in economics and business administration, currently working as a data analyst for a software firm. He cultivates a broad range of interests including theology, philosophy, social sciences, statistics, nature, literature, superheroes, college basketball, and culinary coffee. Finally, Doug lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his creative genius of a spouse and tempestuous hoard of animal companions.
Personal blog: http://www.douglaserice.wordpress.com/blog
Jon grew up in France and Indonesia, on account of his parents being missionaries. He was homeschooled through high school in Indiana, lost his faith at Christian college in Kentucky, and now tends a container garden and drinks coffee beers in Los Angeles, California. He identifies as an atheist, or a mystic, or a Buddhist sometimes, maybe. He has two cats named Franny and Bernard. He's thinking about getting a tattoo.
Jerry is an IT security analyst and digital forensics investigator living in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and 2 sons. Raised as an Evangelical Christian, he pursued a Master's degree in evangelism and leadership at Wheaton College focusing in apologetics and the history of revival. He did missions and evangelism work in China and Mexico. He left the church in his early 30s. Hobbies include boxing and MMA, medieval literature, comic books, and tabletop RPGs.
Mandy Nicole - Managing Editor
Mandy spent 27 years in the Evangelical Christianity, first as a pastor's kid, and eventually as a pastor herself. She attended a small Baptist Bible college in WI, and a marriage, a divorce, and half a dozen relocations later is now back in college pursing degrees in Women's and Gender Studies, Journalism, and Religion Studies She is an "adopted" Spokanite, onetime single mother, yoga instructor, aerialist, and overzealous 3w4. Her passion is truth and justice through journalism. Mandy enjoys publicly shaming those who send crude or threatening hate mail.
Personal blog: www.qwertytherapy.com