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How a Former Atheist Became an Episcopal Minister

A few weeks back, Rev. Clay Lein delivered his first sermon as the new rector at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in River Oaks. But he wasn’t always a religious man. He’s a former electrical engineer who was once a self-professed “angry atheist.” How did he find himself heading up a 4,000 strong Episcopal congregation in Houston? We find […]


A few weeks back, Rev. Clay Lein delivered his first sermon as the new rector at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in River Oaks.

But he wasn’t always a religious man. He’s a former electrical engineer who was once a self-professed “angry atheist.”

How did he find himself heading up a 4,000 strong Episcopal congregation in Houston? We find out, in the first of two conversations.

Tomorrow, we talk with someone on an opposing journey – a journalist and public speaker who studied religion, and has now written a guide to “coming out as a non-believer.”

MORE:
Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: A Conversation with David McAfee (Houston Matters, Nov. 20, 2014)
Onetime-Atheist Taking Helm of Houston’s St. John the Divine Episcopal (Houston Chronicle, Nov. 6, 2014)

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