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Join the conversation as three pastors who are recovering fundamentalists talk about life, ministry, and their journeys.

Our Exodus from the IFB

Dear Brian, Nathan, and JC, I wanted to let you guys know that you all truly have started an amazing ministry over the past year. Mine and my wife’s lives have seen a huge transformation from the start of last year to the start of this year. We began last year...

Still Recovering (the long version)

Hang on, it’s a long one. I have been out of the IFB for 20+ years and still find myself carrying baggage. I am leaving my name off this post to protect family still in the movement who could potentially lose support. My IFB story starts at about age 6 when our family...

A Story From A Liberal

I wanted to share my story as it may be quite different than what seems to be your typical listener. I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church in North Carolina during the conservative resurgence (think Adrian Rodgers and Paige Patterson), but I attended an IFB school...

Grace’s Path

Grace's Path   I praise the Lord that I got saved He truly is the One, True Way His blood has washed away my sins  I am forgiven, forever His  But along Grace’s Path I was lead astray  I don’t know how,or why, or what to say  Instead of grace, it was performance...

A Small Fish in a Big Pond

My father left the Southern Baptist Convention before my recollection of church life began.  His father had been a baptist deacon, but Dad didn't "hear a clear cut gospel message" until he was 21 years old.  He received Christ,  surrendered to preach, and became a...

Never give up

I grew up in an IFB church in southern Missouri. It was a very small town, but we were a big enough church to have some well-known preachers speak. With the Christian school, youth group and other activities the church was pretty much my life. I was a pretty compliant...

Recently Left the IFB

I recently left the IFB. Although I can say that my experience is nowhere near as bad as that of others, eventually I got to a point where my convictions would not allow me to stay in the movement any longer. Starting from the beginning. I was born in Ft Worth, Texas,...


Hi, My name is Mark Frederick,  I was in the ministry for about 10 years. I surrendered to my call in 2009 at a meeting. From the beginning I should of know I was in for a mess. I wanted to serve God so bad that I would do anything,  go anywhere, and be abused by...

Do I suffer from IFB PTSD ?

I recall the not so great times, and there were many of them, during my unfortunate days in the IFB movement. So many do’s and don’ts in the church. Don’t do this. Don’t do that. You broke a man made rule then you had to worry about the censor police paying you a not...

My Story

My name is Lydia Hansen and I grew up in an IFB home and church located in Oklahoma City. I’m naturally an outspoken, independent, ambitious woman... traits which I were taught were undesirable and not of a submissive Christian woman. I still struggle with these...
JC Groves

JC Groves


Nathan Cravatt

Nathan Cravatt


Brian Edwards

Brian Edwards


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