Dave Warnock was caught up in the Jesus movement of the 70s and lived the bulk of his life as a Charismatic Evangelical, serving as a pastor on three different church staffs.
Following several years of internal struggle, Dave came to the conclusion in 2011 that he no longer believed in a personal God. In 2019 he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), a progressive neurodegenerative disease with an average 3-5 year life expectancy.
Dave is spending the days he has left speaking out about the dangers and harm of fundamental religions, with a focus on Evangelical Christianity. He also seeks to provide a safe haven to those questioning their faith, recovering from religious trauma or navigating life's tribulations as he shares his own perspective as a former ex-evangelical, but now an atheist, facing a terminal diagnosis.
For a short video about Dave's life and his perspective click on "Find Out More" below:
Signed copies Now Available!
Childish Things, Dave's memoir about his 35+ years in the fundamental evangelical faith serving as a pastor and church leader and the events that led to his deconversion and disbelief is currently available on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, Kindle and Audible format (yes, read by Dave!)
Want a signed copy by Dave?
Please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org for details. (Please note that there is a limited time he can offer personally signed books given his ALS symptom progression.)
Dave is also scheduling book readings at bookstores, on campuses, and to groups; please contact us at the above email if you are interested in hosting a reading for your group or facility. We can promote your event on our website and also provide media marketing materials for local promotion of your event.
I Am Dying Out Loud
In early 2023, Dave, along with Bevin Jett and Sheila Hoover, founded I Am Dying Out Loud, a nonprofit organization with the mission to protect people’s personal spiritual healthcare choices, especially when facing a life-threatening or terminal illness, and to enhance the quality of life for those battling ALS by providing “bucket list” moments for them and their loved ones.
What began as an idea discussed around a kitchen table soon developed into a group of dedicated volunteers establishing a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that would provide resources to EMPOWER people to request patient-centered and patient-driven care without legal, institutional, and religious barriers, to EDUCATE those in the health and death care professions on utilizing secular language and facilitating a non-religious environment to support inclusivive and equitable care, and to enhance the EXPERIENCE of this one life we do have by providing secular support staff for individuals who are dying or experiencing a serious health crisis. Part of enhancing this life experience also includes providing “bucket list” opportunities for individuals like Dave who have been diagnosed with ALS, a terminal neuromuscular disease.
"Dying Out Loud"
Dave Warnock hosts the live, call-in show Dying Out Loud, on Tuesday nights at 7PM EST on The Line You Tube channel.
Dying Out Loud features weekly special guests with discussions on living and dying out loud from an atheist perspective. Join us below at the "Find More" link (or to watch past shows) and call in with your questions or to add your own insight and experience to the show's discussion topic.
Want to meet Dave or see where he's headed next?
Dave's goal in his time remaining is to reach out to as many individuals and communities as possible, both religious and secular, to show the value we have in this one life we have, and how we can face death without fear and without a need for a promised afterlife.
Dave also works tirelessly to educate others on the dangers of religious fundamentalism, and to promote a less judgmental, more tolerant worldview that does not condemn or shun others for their faith, or non-faith, beliefs. Dave's calendar is at the bottom of this page and shows where Dave will be speaking next in-person or online!
Want to support Dave's outreach?
To support Dave's work, a DAVE OUT LOUD Patreon & Paypal account have been set up to help cover expenses incurred in this effort. We greatly appreciate your financial support which enables Dave to continue this outreach while he is still able.
Don't see a city near you on his calendar? Reach out to us! If you have a community group or a venue (coffeeshop, bookstore, university etc.) that you think would be a great place for Dave to give a talk or hold a book reading, contact us!
Want to know where Dave has been?
Click the "Find Out More" button below to see many of Dave's past speaking engagements and/or listen to Dave's previous podcasts.
(Older shows and podcasts can be found @ tinyurl.com/DOLarchives )
Do You Have Merch???
We have partnered with Threadless for production of our “merch.” Please note 100% of net proceeds from both Dave Out Loud and I Am Dying Out Loud merchandise sales will go to support I Am Dying Out Loud, a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization.
Click on the “Find Out More" button below for the "merch" store, select the design you want, then use the drop-down menus in the different boxes to specify the type of product you would like (i.e.: women's, sweatshirts, etc).
Threadless can also place the image on a variety of other items that can be located in the drop-down menus under "Home" and "Accessories" at the top of the page.
In-Person and Online
FFRF promotes nontheism and defends the constitutional separation between religion and government. With more than 30,000 members, FFRF, a 501(c)(3) nonprophet nonprofit, works as an effective state/church watchdog and voice for freethought (atheism, agnosticism, skepticism).
Final Exit Network holds that mentally competent adults who suffer from a terminal illness, intractable physical pain, chronic or progressive physical disabilities, or who face loss of autonomy and selfhood through dementia, have a basic human right to choose to end their lives when they judge their quality of life to be unacceptable.
Learning how to live after questions, doubts, and changing beliefs is a journey. Recovering from Religion is intimately familiar with this path, and are here to help you to cross that bridge. Their passion is connecting others with support, resources, community, and most of all, hope. They have two forms of support available below: peer support and professional support.
The Clergy Project was launched in March 2011 to create a safe and secure Online Community of Forums composed entirely of religious leaders who no longer hold to supernatural beliefs.
I AM ALS is a patient-led community that provides critical support and resources to those living with ALS, caregivers and loved ones. We empower advocates to raise mainstream awareness and lead the revolution against ALS in driving the development of cures.
is the website for Dave Warnock, author, public speaker, and founder of the I Am Dying Out Loud non-profit.
Please click here to learn more about I Am Dying Out Loud non-profit organization or close this box to continue to the Dave Out Loud website.