When he was 17, Jerry DeWitt was born again.
He had been born and raised in a Pentecostal family in Louisiana, but Jerry had something no one else in his family had. He calls it “the gift of gab." His followers called it the message of God.
Just a few years after being "filled with the Holy Ghost" at Jimmy Swaggart's church, Jerry DeWitt was an established preacher. He’s spent most of his adult life giving sermons, counseling, and serving as a city employee in DeRidder, Louisiana.
Until May of last year — when he realized once and for all he was an atheist. He found an online forum for other “de-converted” pastors, and became the first graduate of The Clergy Project, an organization devoted to giving non-believing preachers a way to communicate their frustrations. He’s now the executive director of Recovering From Religion.