Over the years, however, Barker’s reading caused him to start to doubt the truth not just of Christianity, but claims of God altogether. GC: I’ve seen you speak at atheist events, and you have a passion, and a powerful and distinctive speaking style, that clearly comes from your years of experience as a Pentecostal preacher. Bruce responded to my comment on his blog (see below) and I just responded to his response. Losing God changed me. The former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md., Joshua Harris, a … In 1984, he publicly came out as an atheist. A former evangelical preacher, spreads his atheist message. Jerry Coyne directs our attention to a harrowing, but important, article from The New York Times Magazine. It is a profile of Jerry DeWitt, a former Pentecostal preacher … Former Preacher Turned Atheist Bruce Gerencser on Lumping All Christians Together By Anonymous at 1/18/2010 I am sure my more liberal, progressive, emerging/emergent, non-conforming Christian readers are upset at me because I lumped them into the same group as all the Christians I mentioned in my previous post. "Atheism doesn't pretend to have answers to every question. Some of you might have read my post back on February 28 entitled "Answering a Personal Attack: My Response to a Former Preacher Turned Atheist." Pastor and TCP member Mike Aus featured on MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" where he comes out as a non-believer on live television. Even more amazing, as far as atheism is concerned, I am the only person who attended Midwestern and entered the ministry as a Midwestern-trained preacher who is now an atheist. From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader. GC: I've seen you speak at atheist events, and you have a passion, and a powerful and distinctive speaking style, that clearly comes from your years of experience as a Pentecostal preacher. When a God-fearing pastor becomes a godless champion for faithlessness, love has grown cold. CNN Special Report: Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers. … I am soooo special. Joshua Harris, well-known Christian author, 'purity' advocate, renounces faith. Mike McHargue is a Christian turned atheist turned follower of Christ. If there is such a thing as the New Atheism, then John W. Loftus is one of the standard bearers. Loftus is a former Christian evangelical apologist who became an atheist, and he tells us why in a detail and a depth worthy of the best atheist writers today. He says his time as an atheist actually made him a better Christian. From time to time, I see in the logs search strings such as “the Midwestern Baptist College preacher who became an atheist.” It is a well … He picked it … But there is hope. ... Late one night in early May 2011, a preacher named Jerry DeWitt was lying in bed in DeRidder, La., when his phone rang. Tuesday, March 24 at 9 ET/PT.