Carl likes making things on computers and building things in his free time which is useful because he lives on a horse farm and there’s always something to build or fix on a farm. He studied physics but his day job is in finance, which he doesn’t talk about much because people seem to find physics more interesting than finance. He was raised in an evangelical church, but became a Humanist in his 20s – even though he didn’t know the word for it until much later. He has run the Skeptics at the Pub meetup since 2010 and plans to do so for the foreseeable future. Carl joined the board because he wanted to be more involved with the Humanist community and give back to the people in central Ohio who have made him feel so welcome here.
Ben is now an endorsed Humanist Chaplain, but he was raised in the evangelical church. Over time his academic studies in Judaism (at The Ohio State University) and Bible Interpretation (at the University of Oxford) challenged him to rethink how he understood religion and spirituality. Eventually this rethinking led him to Humanism and its progressive outlook on life. Humanist values continue to inspire Ben’s work as a Chaplain for OhioHealth where he helps people find their inherent worth and dignity. When he’s not out visiting patients, he’s teaching new chaplains and advocating for Humanism at the national level. He is the first openly Humanist Chaplain to seek certification from the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as a Certified Educator. Ben is excited to bring his skills and training to HCCO where he can continue the work of building a supportive and engaging community.
Nathan grew up in a non-denominational evangelical home. After graduating high school he went into full-time youth ministry as a writer and producer for one of the largest independent youth ministries in the United States.
Before too long however, the deeply problematic practices of Christian ministry and a critical analysis of the Bible began to erode his faith. Over the course of five years, starting in 2007, Nathan painstakingly de-converted from Christianity and began to build a new secular framework for his life.
In discovering Humanism and HCCO in particular, Nathan found a like-minded community interested in living and promoting the values of reason, compassion, and basic human dignity above any notion of the “sacred”.
He hopes to help strengthen and expand the good work that HCCO does by volunteering his time, money, and talents.
Karla grew up in a household that encouraged Christian teachings but from an early age she decided that a secular outlook on life suited her much better. As an adult she’s discovered the value of building and fostering a healthy secular community on the local level and as a result has become more closely involved with HCCO over the past few years.
Randall grew up in small-town Iowa, and has lived in central Ohio since the 1990s. Raised in a Lutheran home, Randall became a born-again Christian late in high school, but through the influence of education, friends, and life experiences, gradually moved from biblical literalism to agnosticism and eventually to atheism. Randall joined the HCCO Board in early 2018, and is excited to be a part of and to support a community of secularists and humanists. He has a PhD in Ancient/Roman History from the University of Cincinnati, and enjoys gardening, the sciences, tennis, dabbling in guitar, and meeting new people and learning new ideas from being involved with HCCO!
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HCCO is the largest and longest active secular community in Ohio.