David Hayward: Master of Theology, Diploma in Ministry, over 30 years professional pastoral experience.
I was baptized Anglican as a baby, came to faith in a Baptist church when I was a teenager, changed to Pentecostal in my late teens, married another Pentecostal named Lisa, was ordained Presbyterian, pastored a Vineyard church, went Independent, and planted others.
I have a Masters in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as a Diploma in Religious Studies and Ministry from McGill University in Montreal.
In 2010 I left the professional paid clergy after almost 30 years of ministry. I am passionate about how people can find and follow their own spiritual path with courage and joy, as well as in how people can freely gather and form community in healthy ways.I help people deconstruct without the self-destruct. I help people lose their faith without losing their minds. I help people undress their religion to the core essential of their own unique spirituality. I call this spiritual independence.
I started this blog called nakedpastor in 2006, and initiated my public undressing of religion, religious community and spirituality through my writings, art and cartoons. Thousands of people are challenged and entertained by nakedpastor every day.
In 2012, I launched The Lasting Supper, and online resource site and community for spiritually independent people to help themselves to companionship and support for their spiritual journeys. It’s like nakedpastor’s small group.
My art, cartoons, writings, and books have found their way all around the world.
I live with my wife Lisa on the beautiful Kennebecasis River near Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. We have 3 grown children. And a dog, Sophie.