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Conference on
Religious
Trauma

 APR. 29th - 

 May 1  

 2022  

Featured Speakers

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Darrel Ray

Dr. Ray is the founder and President of the Board of Directors of Recovering from Religion. He has been a psychologist for over thirty years and is the author of four books: two on organizational teamwork as well as "The God Virus-How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture" and "Sex and God-How Religion Distorts Sexuality".

Dr. Ray has been a student of religion most of his life and holds a Masters Degree in religion as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a Doctorate in Psychology.

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Marlene Winell

Dr. Marlene Winell is a psychologist and specialist in religious recovery consulting.  Her background includes over 30 years of experience in human services, in both community and academic settings. She holds a doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. In 2011, Dr. Winell named Religious Trauma Syndrome in a series of three published articles in the British journal, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Today.  Since then the term has spread, providing a needed name for this condition. 

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Mandisa Thomas

Mandisa Thomas, a native of New York City, is the founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Mandisa currently serves on the Boards for American Atheists and the American Humanist Association, and previously for Foundation Beyond Belief, and the Secular Coalition for America. She is also an active speaker and has presented at conferences/conventions for the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Secular Student Alliance, and many others.

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Dan Barker

Dan Barker is a former evangelical minister, missionary, evangelist and Christian songwriter who preached for nineteen years. His book Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists tells his dramatic story of de-conversion. With his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor, he is currently co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), co-host of Freethought Radio and Freethought Matters (TV). Dan is a co-founder of The Clergy Project. He is the author of multiple books.

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Jeremiah Camara

Jeremiah Camara is the director and producer of the documentary film Contradiction: A Question of Faith, which examines the saturation of churches in African American communities coexisting with poverty and powerlessness. Contradiction can be viewed on Amazon Prime Video. Camara is the author of the books Holy Lockdown: Does The Church Limit Black Progress? and The New Doubting Thomas: The Bible, Black Folks & Blind Belief. His latest documentary project is titled, Holy Hierarchy: The Religious Roots of Racism in America. 

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Ryan Stollar

R.L. Stollar is a child liberation theologian and an advocate for children and abuse survivors. The author of an upcoming book on child liberation theology, The Kingdom of Children, Ryan has an M.H.S. in Child Protection from Nova Southeastern University and an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College. He has served on the board of and run numerous social media campaigns for child advocacy organizations, including the Child-Friendly Faith Project, the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, and Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out. 

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Candace Gorham

Author of The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women are Walking Out on Religion, and Others Should, too, Candace Gorham is a licensed mental health counselor. She is a former ordained minister turned atheist activist, researcher, and writer on issues related to religion, secular social justice, and the African-American community. She is also a member of the Black Humanist Alliance of AHA, The Secular Therapist Project, The Clergy Project, and the Secular Student Alliance Speaker's Bureau.

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Clint Heacock

Dr Clint Heacock is an ex-evangelical pastor and Bible college teacher of over 20 years. He is committed to helping people who have left cults or religion unpick the indoctrination, mind control, and conditioning --and take back their lives.

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Caleb W. Lack

Caleb W. Lack, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma. A licensed clinical psychologist, he is an award-winning educator and bestselling author of six books on topics from critical thinking and pseudoscience to racism and sexism in early psychology to various kinds of psychopathology. He has also authored more than 60 scientific publications relating to the assessment and treatment of psychological problems such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, trichotillomania, pediatric mood disorders, and posttraumatic stress. In addition, Dr. Lack has presented nationwide and internationally at conferences on a variety of topics, is on the editorial board of scientific journals, and is a reviewer for both journals and granting agencies.

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Jennifer French Tomasic

Jennifer French Tomasic is a mental health counselor working with clients across the United States and Internationally. She has a Master’s Degree in the Psychology of Coercive Control and has been conducting research through Salford University, overseen by Dr. Linda Dubrow-Marshall, related to the impact of Internal Family Systems (IFS) for those who self identify as having experienced coercive control. Jennifer’s history includes 11 years in a mystical Christian cult that she left in 2012. Her captivating experience of how she transitioned both in and out of the organization is contained in episodes 1 & 2 of the Project Hope Podcast, which she hosts for families, friends and anyone who has been in groups of high demand / high control. For more information, visit Jennifer-French.com.

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Elam Zook

Elam Zook is a writer, activist, and community organizer addressing Amish and plain community issues. His work has been published in The Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies.  Elam's efforts were instrumental in organizing the groundbreaking Disrupting History: Reclaiming Our Amish Story conference, which challenged conventional narratives of Amish life. He has also served as a consultant for a class on the Amish at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. 

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