Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Matt Dillahunty

 

Matt Dillahunty is a warrior for skepticism and reason. His quick wit, charisma, and reason-based arguments have made him the big attraction on the hit internet TV show The Atheist Experience, based out of Austin, TX. He has debated many high-profile Christian apologists, including Ray Comfort and Sye Ten Bruggencate. He is also a founder of the comprehensive counter-apologetics Wiki "Iron Chariots". In 2015, he toured Australia alongside fellow activists Seth Andrews and Aron Ra as a member of the “Unholy Trinity Tour”.

Mandisa Thomas

 

Mandisa Thomas is a founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Although never formally indoctrinated into belief, Mandisa was heavily exposed to Christianity, Black Nationalism, and Islam. As a child she loved reading, and enjoyed various tales of Gods from different cultures, including Greek and Ghanaian. Through reading these stories and being taught about other cultures at an early age, I quickly noticed that there were similarities and differences between those deities and the God of the Christian Bible. "I couldn’t help but wonder what made this God so special that he warrants such prevalence in today’s society," she recalls.

JT Eberhard

 

JT Eberhard is the current world champion at Candy Land and holds both the Olympic and World Records. He is also humanity’s best chance in a zombie apocalypse.

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

Gayle Jordan

 

Gayle Jordan is the Executive Director of Recovering from Religion. She is a former Southern Baptist who left the faith 10 years ago when her then-teenagers began asking questions she could not answer. Her research led her (and her children) into the light of reason and rationality. Years later, she still feels the effects, both positive and negative, of that dramatic shift in perspective and attitude.

Jim Helton

 
Jim Helton is the President & Co-Founder of Tri-State Freethinkers, and Regional Director of American Atheists for Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. He was instrumental in organizing last year's events at Ken Ham's Ark Encounter Protest & Rally For Science & Reason; his organization even adopted the highway in front of Creation Museum!

Callie Wright

 

Callie Wright is an activist, speaker, and host of The Gaytheist Manifesto podcast, which explores the intersection of the atheist movement and the LGBTQ rights movement. Callie came out as a transgender woman in the summer of 2013, and her mission is to be a voice for the LGBTQ community in the atheist movement, and a voice for secularism in the LGBTQ community.

 

Sain't Patrick

 

Patrick Horst was raised a preacher’s kid whose background is Mennonite/Amish and pacifist.  Now, however, he is not only a combat veteran, having just completed 12 years of service in the U.S. Army, he is also an atheist!  He is a former missionary kid who speaks seven languages, including Italian, Spanish, German, Sicilian, Arabic, and Lebanese. He lives in Christian County, KY, where he is the father of two children he is co-parenting with their fundamentalist Christian mother. This gives him a special soft spot for families struggling over different belief systems, and for secular people isolated in highly religious areas.