The Rise Above: An Evangelical Minister Finds Salvation in Our Humanity

Hybrid service – in person and on Zoom

Speaker: Drew Bekius 
Our presenter will share with us his experience and perspectives as one who transitioned from being an evangelical minister into being a humanist. 

Drew Bekius is a humanist speaker, writer, and coach based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of Faith and Your Next Life Now.

After starting an award-winning interfaith ministry at the age of 16, Drew went on to earn two theological degrees and pastored two Evangelical Christian churches in the Chicago area. After leaving the pastorate and becoming an atheist, he served as president of The Clergy Project, a nonprofit providing peer support, community resourcing, and career transition assistance to deconverted religious leaders in more than 35 countries around the world. 

Drew has a Master of Divinity degree from Moody Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts in pastoral studies from Moody Bible Institute, personal and business coaching certificates from Life Purpose Institute, and a Humanist Celebrant endorsement from The Humanist Society. He is a member of the American Humanist Association, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Unitarian-Universalist Association, and The Loft Literary Center, among others. Drew and his two teenage daughters live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.