Teresa MacBain made headlines as the former pastor-turned prominent atheist then returned to a life of faith. After serving in ministry for most of her adult life, Teresa walked away from her faith and came out publicly as a non-believer. Having walked the path from losing faith to atheism and back, Teresa shares her story with churches and other organizations that want to create safe spaces for seekers and skeptics. She works to promote compassion, understanding, while encouraging organizations to provide safety, support, and community to those who feel alone in their struggle.

During one of the most difficult periods of her life, she began working to strip away the last pieces of her childhood indoctrination. As she peeled away the layers of fundamentalism, she discovered something unexpected: FAITH. Not the closed-minded, judgmental belief she was raised to believe, but an inclusive, compassionate, and accepting, faith.

“Raising awareness about the difficult path that those who struggle with their beliefs walk is my passion. I know what it feels like…been there, done that. Losing everything is devastating. The fear of rejection, loss, and being shunned creates a no-win situation, and forces people into silence. Finding a safe place to openly explore your changing beliefs is almost impossible in many communities. My number one desire is to make it safe for a person to be themselves without fear.”

The Band at Goat Island

Currently, Teresa is a full-time student, musician, and freelance web designer. She also plays guitar and keys in her local church band.

She lives in Alabama with her husband, son, and four fur-babies. In her spare time, you’ll find her wandering the countryside with her trusty camera, playing music with the local band, or enjoying a game of fetch with her pups.

“Grace is when you aren’t striving or controlling or trying to change or manipulate or make something happen. Grace is when you find yourself carried along, when all that’s left to do is receive. Grace is when you know you’re loved, exactly as you are. Grace is an entirely different way of experiencing life.”  Rob Bell