The Life After Podcast

The Life After Podcast

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Chuck Parson and Brady Hardin interview special guests with inspiring exoduses away from Christian Fundamentalism (and other oppressive religions) with special focuses on faith deconstruction and rebuilding after religious trauma.


Black Nonbelievers with Elle Reneé
Dec 11 • 111 min
Elle Reneé of St. Louis Chapter of Black Nonbelievers joins Chuck and Brady in the studio. Elle’s step father was a pastor for multiple churches of varying denominations and current pastor of a nondenominational church, and some of their church services…
Ambiguous Loss with Janice Selbie
Nov 27 • 92 min
Counselor (“counsellor” for the Canucks) Janice Selbie joins Chuck and Brady for a insightful, practical conversation on grieving God. Janice came from a ultra-Fundamentalism background that became hyper-charged after marrying her now ex-husband. While…
Dying Out Loud with Dave Warnock
Oct 30 • 73 min
Dave Warnock shares with Chuck and Brady about facing his mortality after leaving Christianity and being diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. He’s creating new meaningful relationships and learning to savor the moments of life as an Atheist. They also…
Unloose with Nightlightr
Oct 8 • 95 min
Nightlightr (Leighton Pustejovsky, rap artist)​ cuts loose with Chuck and Brady about leaving Christian Fundamentalism after decades of repressing his homosexuality. The three discuss how they had reframed their sexualities to fit within the faith and how…
Many Love with Katelyn Boyles
Sep 17 • 97 min
Some people don’t fit into the boxes. Katelyn Boyles (she/them/he) joins Chuck and Brady to tell their story of self-discovery after living in a home plagued by rigid Fundamentalism. Now married and practicing ethical polyamory, Katelyn encapsulates the…
Born Again Again with Katie + Joe Bauer
Aug 29 • 98 min
Katie and Joe Bauer, married and newly-deconstructing, join Chuck and Brady to discuss campus ministries, speaking in tongues, questioning the faith, critically examining if they were brainwashed, not wanting to lose their faith, doubling down on doubt…
Parenting Forward with Cindy Wang Brandt
Jul 30 • 64 min
Cindy Wang Brandt, author of Parenting Forward, joins the show to discuss how deconstructing parents can pass values to their children without relying on fear and indoctrination. Find out more about Cindy’s work, including her book and podcast, on her…
Everyone’s Agnostic with Cass Midgley
Jul 18 • 79 min
Cass Midgley, former pastor and a host of Everyone’s Agnostic Podcast, joins Chuck and Brady to discuss his faith deconstruction, how he found his co-host, blind spots developed from being brought up in Patriarchy, turning from Presbyterian to Baptist,…
Lost in Translation with Doug Demick
Jun 26 • 81 min
Doug Demick joins Chuck and Brady to discuss his past with Wycliffe Bible Translators, not wanting to preach the Gospel as a Christian, rapture anxiety, marriage while deconstructing, his brush with missions, being more free to love people…
You Are Your Own with Jamie Lee Finch
Jun 7 • 99 min
Fan favorite Jamie Lee Finch returns to the show! She joins Chuck and Brady to discuss her new book on Religious Trauma Syndrome from Christian Evangelicalism, “You are Your Own.” They discuss her experience writing ✍️, the unresolved trauma held by our…
Contact Evangelism with Nikki Mayeux
May 19 • 90 min
Guest Nikki Mayeux joins Chuck and Brady to dish on reality house dramas🔥, childhood religious OCD and anxiety😟, intrusive thoughts😵, contact evangelism🏈, inner voice♾️, faith deconstructing while married👫, and intentional communities 🗑️ (Crust Punks for…
Cults Inside Out with Rick Alan Ross
May 7 • 81 min
Renowned cult deprogrammer and expert Rick Alan Ross Ross joins Chuck, Brady and special guest host Corey Pigg (Season 1, Episode 20, host of Failed Missionary) to discuss the everything related to harmful cult communities. From how to define a cult and…
Leaving the Fold with Marlene Winell, PhD
Apr 16 • 73 min
Dr. Marlene Winell (human development consultant, educator, and writer) joins Chuck and Brady to discuss her life-changing book, “Leaving the Fold,” and her ground-breaking research on Religious Trauma Syndrome. They discuss how and why people are often…
Religion of Trauma with Andrew Jasko
Mar 28 • 102 min
Andrew Jasko (lifeafterdogma.org) joins Chuck and Brady. He tells his story growing up passionate about Christian Fundamentalism and leaving it all behind. They discuss the Charismatic Movement, damage of sexual repression, the mind-blowing origins of…
Conversion Therapy 2: Going Gay with Tim Rymel
Mar 1 • 84 min
Last season, Chuck and Brady spoke with Curtis, who lived through gay conversion therapy. This season, a former leader of Love in Action (gay conversion therapy) and author, Tim Rymel, tells his experience. TW: This episode can be triggering for those who…
The Way I Am with Jennifer Knapp
Feb 6 • 81 min
Grammy-nominated songwriter, author, and advocate Jennifer Knapp joins the show to discuss coming out, liberal Christianity, and her music career. Jennifer Knapp runs Inside Out Faith, a non-profit focused on confronting non-affirming churches to…
Deliver Us From Your People with Angie Jay
Jan 24 • 96 min
TW: This episode includes mentions of sexual abuse, extreme spiritual abuse, and a suicide attempt. Angie Jay, spiritual abuse survivor and political activist, joins Chuck and Brady to share her horrifying Evangelical experience when she served as a…
Exvangelical with Blake Chastain (Season 2 Premiere)
Jan 7 • 105 min
Blake Chastain of #Exvangelical Podcast joins Chuck and Brady to discuss his life after. The Life After Podcast and Community | We Hold Space for Those Leaving Their Faith in a Secret Facebook Group and Slack Channel.thelifeafter.org
BONUS EPISODE! Chuck and Brady at Ethical Society Mid Rivers
Nov 9, 2018 • 59 min
Here is some bonus content to hold you over until Season 2 premieres! Chuck and Brady were recently invited to present at the Ethical Society Mid Rivers in Saint Peters, MO. They shared the history of the podcast and discussed topics commonly tackled on…
I Thought I was the Only One Season One Finale with Joey Hill
Jul 31, 2018 • 79 min
Chuck and Brady interview a new friend they met purely because of the show, Joey Hill. Joey shares his story of overcoming a gauntlet of obstacles after leaving harmful religion. Determined to keep going, Joey found a unique way to shape his future… but…
Pushing Beyond with Verdell Wright
Jun 14, 2018 • 96 min
On this episode of The Life After, we are talking with our friend, Verdell Wright. Verdell is a theology nerd in the purest sense. Boasting theology degrees from Rutgers, Howard and Wesley Theological Seminary. Verdell is also black, and gay. Put all…
Failed Missionary with Corey Pigg
May 28, 2018 • 69 min
Corey Pigg joins Brady and Chuck to discuss his experiences as a full-time missionary with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) that made way for his exit from toxic religion. Corey has started his own podcast, which focuses on the dark underbelly of modern…
Recovery with Kendal
May 4, 2018 • 88 min
Have you recovered what oppressive religion took from you? When Kendal came out as a lesbian, her life never could be the same again. She was once heavily involved in her church’s youth group, but she was banned from being alone with teenagers because of…
The Breakfast Church with Jessie W.
Apr 10, 2018 • 87 min
TW: This episode mentions a suicide attempt, birth trauma She started off Southern Baptist. Then she was Charismatic. And now, she’s with the Breakfast Church, a weekly group at her house of other people deconstructing their faith (their only doctrine is…
The Airing of Grief and Unbelief with Derek Webb
Mar 23, 2018 • 88 min
Derek Webb was the lead vocalist for Caemond’s Call, a folk/rock band that was wildly popular within Evangelicalism in the early 2000’s, before recording solo albums. Known for pushing against the status quo of Christian culture, Derek created a large…
Indoctrination with Tim Warzel and Jamie Lee Finch
Feb 20, 2018 • 78 min
Indoctrination is one very essential topic that permeates everything we talk about on this show, but so far we haven’t really addressed it directly. It is so pervasive within religious systems that its almost impossible to talk about anything on this show…
Professional Help with Ari Holtz, PhD
Jan 16, 2018 • 77 min
What makes counseling good or bad? What ethical laws are in place to protect people from harmful counselors? Are pastors and “church counselors” held to the same standard? How can you know if you’ve been treated fairly by a pastor, church counselor, or…
#EmptyThePews with Chris Stroop
Jan 9, 2018 • 76 min
Chris Stroop, PhD created the #EmptyThePews Movement to ask Evangelicals to examine the fruits of their religion and walk away from its grip. Chris joins Brady and Chuck on this episode of The Life After, focusing on the community of ex-evangelicals,…
Prey with Kyla Bauer and Jamie Lee Finch
Dec 1, 2017 • 64 min
TW: This episode contains stories of sexual, physical, and spiritual abuse (not in great detail). The episode that kept growing! What started as a mini-project to release while Chuck worked on a more complex episode kept putting itself in our view as the…
Humanism with James Croft, Ed.D.
Oct 6, 2017 • 85 min
While most of the episodes focus on deconstruction, this episode tackles reconstruction. James Croft, Ed.D., the outreach director of The Ethical Society of Saint Louis, joins Brady and Chuck to answer the extremely important question of what to do after…
Enough with Ashley Adams
Sep 19, 2017 • 91 min
Trigger warning: Episode touches on domestic abuse (and begins with a John Piper audio clip). Ashley Adams is a strong woman. She has overcome a lot including growing up with Brady, navigating youth group with undiagnosed depression and anxiety, the loss…
Evangelical Emergency Mini-sode: Kirk Cameron and Irma
Sep 13, 2017 • 28 min
This week, Evangelical superstar Kirk Cameron tried his hand at speaking for God on why God “sent” Hurricane Irma. Needless to say, it didn’t go so well, and we couldn’t wait for the next episode to address it. Even many Christians agree that his…
Get Out of My Head with Renée
Sep 7, 2017 • 93 min
NSFW Warning: The episode ends with two, wonderfully NSFW stories from Renée’s deconstruction story archives about her exploration of sexuality. Our hilarious, mutual friend, Renée, joins us in the studio to reflect on the indoctrination she experienced…
Conversion Therapy Dropout with Curtis G.
Aug 24, 2017 • 87 min
Curtis G. joins Brady and Chuck to discuss this family’s efforts of “fixing” him by sending him to conversion therapy. He reads from his notes, followed by how he recovered, accepting who he is. This episode was recorded on the one day that major…
Out of Control with Kristen H.
Aug 11, 2017 • 85 min
Kristen retells her story of moving across the nation to join a religious community that eroded away her freedoms. After bouncing back from rock bottom, Kristen tells of how she got her life back. Also, Brady and Kristen reflect on their horrible date…
Black and White Thinking with Prisca Jebet Kendagor
Jul 21, 2017 • 85 min
Prisca was brought up in white, Christian suburbia. At times, her skin contrasted with the world around her. Chuck and Brady talk to Prisca about her experiences in church and how those events made the way for her exit from evangelical Christianity. The…
It’s Okay Not to Believe with Caleb Doyle
Jul 12, 2017 • 70 min
Caleb Doyle joins Brady and Chuck. Brady was Caleb’s church camp counselor as a kid. The three discuss their shift in politics after leaving church, and Caleb describes life without a father. Caleb proves that not all exits have to be traumatic to be…
God’s Only Forgotten Son with Brady Hardin
Jul 4, 2017 • 101 min
Instead of a regular guest, Chuck interviews Brady, host and founder of The Life After, about his childhood and exit from religion. Brady opens up about his difficult childhood, growing up gay in church, and the spiritual abuse that eventually led to his…
Unbuckling The Bible Belt with Jamie Lee Finch
Jun 21, 2017 • 96 min
This episode includes an honest, frank conversation about sex. Brady Hardin and Chuck Parson take the show on the road to Nashville, TN to interview Jamie Lee Finch on the subjects of sexuality, the dangers of Purity Culture, and the downfalls of…
Facing Death Without Faith or Fear with Zach B.
Jun 14, 2017 • 77 min
Hosts, Brady Hardin and Chuck Parson, interview Zach B. about his two close encounters with death. The first was of a friend. The second was his own. Zach discusses his appreciation for his Christian mother’s willingness to sacrifice in order to save his…
Homeschooled to Homewrecked with Marnie K.
May 31, 2017 • 65 min
Hosts, Brady Hardin and Chuck Parson, interview Marnie K., a former member of the same church Brady was kicked out of. Marnie retells her experience of discovering homeschool as an option for her daughter that needed a one-on-one approach to education.…
What the Hell? with Chuck Parson
May 23, 2017 • 78 min
Listen to the first episode of The *Life After Podcast. Host, Brady Hardin, describes his exit from a toxic, religious environment. He interviews Chuck Parson, a friend he had while a practicing Christian. Chuck, like Brady, had left his faith. Together,…