The Ventura Atheists July Meetup-Guest Speaker Richard Haynes

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Guest Speaker: Richard Haynes of Atheist Nexus

Richard Haynes is a writer and public speaker, as well as the executive director of http://AtheistNexus.o... (, the world's largest social networking site exclusively for nontheists.

"Brother Richard" was raised in a nonreligious home, but as a teenage runaway he had a "born again" experience. Almost immediately, he became an evangelist and personally led hundreds of individuals to Christianity. Richard went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, and became an associate minister in a 12,000 member mega-church.

In 1993, Richard and his wife Angela made the agonizing decision to leave their church, which was engulfed with scandal. Terrified and unemployed, they began their long and arduous journey to rationality and nontheism.

Richard is now secularly ordained and has dedicated himself to building nontheist communities, and encouraging others to "come out" of the atheist closet. His talk to Atheists United, "You Built It. We Came. Now What?" will address this subject.

"Brother Richard" lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia. He writes a blog:,