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Lecture Series: Jerry DeWitt & Rev Jamey Bentley

Ex-Pentecostal preacher turned atheist, Jerry DeWitt, and local Methodist minister, Jamey Bentley from CanvasCommunity, will engage in an informal discussion about religion, faith, community service, and wherever the conversation leads. They'll take your questions in what should be a very interesting afternoon.

Jerry DeWitt returns to Little Rock for an encore performance. Jerry became an atheist after more than twenty-five years of Pentecostal ministry in his home state of Louisiana. His ministry experience began at the early age of seventeen and included evangelizing across the United States and being the assistant pastor of two United Pentecostal churches and one Apostolic church. During his dilemma with doubt Jerry ultimately held the senior pastorate of two very unique congregations, one Charismatic Dominionist and the other non-denominational fundamentalist.

Jerry also holds the distinction of being the first graduate of, and a spokesman for The Clergy Project, a private, invitation-only “safe house” community of current and former ministers who no longer hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions. Most recently, Jerry was appointed Executive Director of Recovering from Religion.

The Thinking Atheist - May 5th Podcast Interview

NPR Talk of the Nation - May 7th Teresa MacBain & Jerry DeWitt

Living After Faith Podcast - April 4th


Jamey Bentley leads the ministry team of CanvasCommunity, an inner-city ministry in Little Rock which started out as the dream of a few individuals who wanted to reach out to folks that ”traditional” church doesn’t reach. Jamey is a 30 something who worked for 18 years in student ministries and recently switched to full-time ministry. Jamey is the “ideas guy” who brings a heart and passion for “the least, the lost and the last.” If you want to learn more about what canvascommunity is all about, feel free to contact him. He’ll meet you for coffee or lunch — and you can ask all the questions you want.

Jamey is married to Sheri, and they have two daughters, Caitlin and MacKenzie. Sheri serves as worship leader, and Caity and Kenzie are often found hanging out with the youth or helping with canvasKids.


For a lively discussion of current events, AR Freethinker's group news and business, join us at the downtown Little Rock library. Parking is free and plentiful on Sundays. We meet on the first floor in the meeting room in the back of the Library. We usually adjourn at about 4:30pm and walk over to the Flying Saucer for dinner, drinks and more fun times.

Jerry DeWitt works with The Clergy Project and leads Recovering from Religion as an unpaid volunteer. To help offset Jerry's travel costs, we'll be collecting a suggested donation of $5 per person. Any additional donations will be greatly appreciated. We hope to see you there!

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  • Mark L.

    Here's the link for donating funds to help Jerry Dewitt via ASF:

    May 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Jared, for the convenient link to help Jerry and his family. For those who use the link to make a donation, just add a note that you are from the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers....

    May 21, 2012

  • Tom S.

    Very interesting and educational! Loved it!

    May 21, 2012

  • Amy H.

    It too bad the other guy didn't show, But no matter. Jerry carried the conversation all the way through. He really had some great insights into his life altering coming out. This was a great speaker, extremely articulate.

    May 21, 2012

  • Dave B.

    Unfortunately Jamey Bentley had to cancel due to illness. It was all Jerry DeWitt and he didn't disappoint! A very interesting discussion about the pitfalls and trials of leaving religion, as well as the positive joys of Jerry's new-found life and friendships. A big thanks to Jerry!

    May 20, 2012

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