Richard Haynes (Brother Richard) is a writer and public speaker living in Atlanta, Georgia. He was raised in a nonreligious home, but as a teenage runaway, he had a "born again" religious experience. Almost immediately, Richard became an evangelist and personally led hundreds of individuals to Christ. Richard went on to receive a degree in Biblical Studies, and became an associate minister in a 12,000-member Atlanta mega-church.

In 1993, a couple of months after the birth of his eldest daughter, Richard, and his wife Angela, made the agonizing decision to leave their church which was engulfed with scandal. Terrified and unemployed, they began their long and arduous journey to rationality and nontheism.

Richard is now secularly ordained and has dedicated himself to building nontheist communities, and encouraging others to "come out" of the atheist closet. He is President of Atheist Nexus International, Inc., the world’s largest coalition of nontheists and nontheist communities, and maintains the blog "Brother Richard's Life Without Faith" at

Richard's topic for the convention will be: "Thank God America is a Secular Nation!"

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