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Love this show

Blake is a great interviewer, plus an absolute sweetheart. I love listening to him and hearing all the guests’ stories. Such a meaningful show. It makes me feel like I’m not alone with religious trauma.

My heart sighs in relief

I am so grateful for the array of podcasts that now discuss this topic, but “Exvangelical” is especially meaningful to me. There’s no cynicism here. Blake gives his guests generous and informed space to share their stories and I in turn feel like I can give space to my own sadness and hopes as I bu…


Easy to listen to and incite full

Not an exvangelical but this is so eye opening

My husband is exvangelical. I grew up in a liturgical tradition and had a way different relationship with faith. Listening has helped me see why he has such responses to seemingly benign things to me. Thank you for this.

One of the best

This is one of the best podcasts out there dealing with White Christian Nationalism. Great, great show.

Really good.

I've loved the Powers & Principalities episodes this season. It's opened up my eyes and new avenues to learn more. Thanks Blake!

So good.

The Powers and Principalities season was rich with detail, well produced, and super helpful to a gal who is exvangelical and trying to wrap my head around this stuff. Understanding the systems at play helps me contextualize the culture I was raised in. Thank you Blake.

Safe space to process deconstruction!

This podcast is absolutely needed. I am so grateful for the opportunity to listen and share with my deconstructing friends as I shift from a life of deep-rooted religious hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance to freedom and acceptance of broader perspectives. Listening to interviews and stories of oth…


So happy to have found Blake’s podcast! I’m an exvangelical but also a Christian cult survivor. Definitely in the deconstruction phase. Thank you for your good work!

Feels like a podcast that is breaking down my entire childhood.

I grew up a home schooled, preacher’s kid, in the south. The grand daughter of generations of ministers and intrenched in evangelical culture my whole life. As I grew up and left the culture it felt like no one really understood me and where I came from and what I went through. But I’ve found a pl…

Incredibly Insightful

Blake does an incredible job with this podcast. He provides so much information and analysis in every episode. As an ex-vangelical myself, I think the work he is doing is INCREDIBLY important, especially now. Please keep up the fantastic work!

Calm, Balanced, Compassionate, Real.

The conversations are calm and candid, like an interesting conversation you’d have with new friends in the host’s living room on a Friday night. The guests are people with interesting but familiar-sounding experiences. There isn’t an agenda or required point of view. These are just conversations (a…

A Salve To The Weary Soul

This podcast is a straightforward, unaffected, ego-free, honest look into the damaging effects of (primarily) White American Evangelicalism. It does so via thorough, “Fresh Air” style interviews with a wide variety of guests that provide compelling, personal and professional data and stories. These…

Gives me Hope

Thank you for your intelligent analysis of current Evangelical culture and how so many of us, that once deeply belonged no longer have a place. This podcast has comforted my broken heart..,I am not alone, and there is power in the perspective of an ex-evangelical, particularly in fractious America…

Thank you, Blake for this podcast!

I found this podcast last year while trying to find others who have left Evangelical Christianity. The episodes are filled with relatable content and Blake is a wonderful host! So thankful for access to a podcast like this.

Excellent show

Hi Blake

Very good!

This is a great podcast if, like me, you’ve struggled to understand conservative evangelicals and the politics they espouse. Blake is a very compassionate host and the tech issues have improved since I began listening

Much Needed

The voices on this podcast are much needed, especially during these times. I’ve been a listener since near the beginning of the podcast in 2016, just as I was leaving evangelicalism. It’s been a constant source of hope for me, knowing I’m not alone. I also love the diversity of the guests. Many pod…

Fascinating and helpful

Extremely thoughtful and, as someone who has a personal connection to the topic, helpful and validating to hear of others who have similar experiences to my own. Excited and interested to hear even more.

Incredibly helpful

This podcast has been one of the most helpful things for me as I have decided to leave Christianity. It has been incredibly insightful to listen to all the different stories of what it is like for others to deconstruct their faith.

Excellent podcast in content and meaning

This is a fascinating podcast that not only has great content, but is done incredibly well. For those who are questioning their faith and equally for those who want to know why people are leaving their Chuch.. this podcast sheds light on many aspects of the Evangelical sect in the United States an…

Really meaningful content

If you’ve left the Evangelical world, this podcast offers a lot of healing and perspective. I appreciate it so much. Thank you for this content, Blake! We’re all so grateful for you. Most recent episode sounds great, too!

finally a podcast that gets me

For years I've felt very alone with my deconstruction. Not anymore. Exvangelical has given me so much support, advice, hope and comfort in my life since leaving evangelicalism. I am very grateful.

Awesome content, needs work

I really enjoy this podcast as it has helped put words to a lot of the things that I think about a lot and have experience. However, it is not well produced and has a lot of random silence and music that is unnecessary. Keep up the good work, maybe get some help with editing....

Exvangelical needs to be shared!!

This podcast has been revolutionary for me. It's given me a clear picture of "Evangelicalism" and has confirmed so much of what I have observed while a member of evangelical churches for over 30 years. At 69 years old, I'm deeply grateful for Blake Chastain and for all those who have been intervi…


I found your podcast only recently and am enjoying it very much. The last 3 years have been difficult extricating myself from the unholy marriage of evangelicalism and the Republican party. Hearing others’ experiences has been rather healing. Thank you.

Has so much potential but...

If you can get past the poor audio quality and host’s constant “um..” “yeah..” and lack of conversation skills, the topics and guests are spot on. This type of podcast is so relevant and needed for those of us who grew up in the church and feel scarred because of it. Maybe the host should focus on …

Incredibly Helpful

I’ve mowed through about 30 episodes of this in a week. I had NO IDEA resources like this existed for those of us sorting through the complexities and psychological trauma as a result of being raised in the toxic, judgmental, homophobic, sexist, shaming “cult”ure that is fundamentalist evangelical …

Makes me feel understood

I left the church more than 10 years ago with a heavy heart and have shuffled through the last decade feeling like no one understands my experience in the church and out of it. I was floored by the honesty, intelligence, and grace that this podcast offers and felt seen and understood and no longer…

Very valuable in my personal journey, but a mediocre delivery

The variety of guests and stories—all of them connected by a significant influence of evangelicalism—has been so helpful in my own deconstruction. I encourage those who feel set in their faith to listen to gain an understanding of those hurt by fundamentalism and evangelicalism. Having started fro…

Very nice to find this

I spent so long looking for a community that understands and experienced many of the same things I have, this podcast is very thorough and helpful in exploring a lot of deep subjects which helps me to figure out my own feelings and past experiences.

Important information

Great conversations!

Insightful interviews!

I usually don’t care for the interview format in podcasts. But I really enjoy this one. The host, Blake Chastain, is good at asking the types of questions that give a full picture of the guests’ story and message, and while he has a personality that comes out in the podcast, he doesn’t “take over” …

Much needed perspective

As a Christian who's become disgusted with the politicization and actions of the evangelical community, I appreciate this podcast. Immensely. The host, Blake Chastain, doesn't demonize anyone or anything, but approaches every topic from a place of seeking understanding and walking in faith. The foc…

A needed voice

Glad this community of critical thought exists. They are honest, fair, and brave enough to say hard truths mainstream culture and religion want to ignore.

Great, great, great content...technical difficulties lost it a star

I heard about this podcast from the Parenting Forward podcast (also great). Thoughtful interviews with a wide variety of people coming out of damaging evangelical experiences. Great resource for people exporing the options during and after the devestation of faith deconstruction. I haven't listen…

Me too

I had a 12 hour drive ahead of me today and listened to 6 episodes in a row. The time flew. This podcast reminds me I’m not alone in what I’ve experienced within evangelicalism. I keep finding myself saying: “me too.” Thank you for creating this space and for choosing a variety of voices and experi…

Timely and Important

This podcast has been so important for me and others like me who have come to be dissatisfied with the cheap answers and obsession with power shown by the Christian Right. I have a lot of faith in what Blake is doing, as well as others like him. This podcast itself helps me feel more optimistic wit…

Wonderful Perspective

I’m an ex-fundamentalist evangelical atheist who doesn’t hate God or Christians. I remain inspired by the teachings and stories of Christ. I’m envious of atheist/agnostic Jews who get to remain a part of their faith community and have often wondered if there was any hope of bridging the gap between…

It’s like a support group for Fundamentalists in recovery.

I’m a recovering fundamentalist. I left fundamentalism at 18 and went through stages of anger, resentment, and forgiveness. I majored in theology for a while in college purely as an act of rebellion as a woman who was raised in a church where that wasn’t allowed. There were long nights of existent…

Where ex is a really good thing.

When I began deconstructing and examining my evangelical Christian faith over a year ago, somewhere on that journey I stumbled onto the exvangelical movement via twitter. There I found voices of love, kindness, acceptance, and encouragement. I found my church through the internet. Blake’s podcast i…

This is not my culture

I am not an exvangelical; however, I am the pastor of a mainline denomination and the stories of pain and trauma I hear from those who have left or are trying to leave the evangelical culture remind of the stories I hear from those who have been traumatized in other ways - physically or emotionally…


Whether you're evangelical and wondering what the fuss is about these apostates calling themselves exvangelical, or you're in the middle of deconstructing yourself, or you have no familiarity with the evangelical faith tradition at all and wondering what all the fuss is about people leaving, this …

Exvangelical is excellent!

Exvangelical is an excellent and much needed podcast. It functions to allow voices in an important and growing population to be heard. Blake Chastain accomplishes this by asking pointed questions and allowing his guests to simply talk and share their stories. This podcast should and will be interes…

You’re not alone

Fantastic interviews with exvangelicals. The interviewees are all from different evangelical situations currently heading in different directions. You’ll surely hear your own story in their words and find guidance for what’s ahead. You’re not alone!

Thank You

I’m still in a time of realization that the way the evangelical church has taught me isn’t the only way to believe in God. Listening to others who grew up evangelical and have since distanced themselves has helped me legitimize my doubts about this way of believing. Thank you for creating this Podc…

Breath of fresh air

This. We need more of this. Honest conversation, limited production, and the exploration of the dark side of evangelical culture in America. Guests are allowed to detail their journeys, in all their humanness. It is life-giving to hear and experience. Keep it up, Blake Chastain.

You're not alone

As I started my journey out of legalism, and conservative Christianity, I felt terribly alone. My evangelical circle of family and friends don't understand the changes in me, and this podcast is filled with people like me, doubters asking questions, and it's okay! And the host and interviewees unde…

Great Perspectives on Leaving Evangelicalism

This podcast has introduced me to so many powerful voices, I don't know where to begin. As an ex-evangelical myself, I can relate to so many of the stories shared by Blake's guest. Blake also does a really good job of not dominating the conversation and, instead, letting the guests speak. Highly re…

One of My Faves

This podcast is possibly one of my favorites on the topic of leaving the evangelical subculture. While I’m a fan of almost all the interviews a few that are near and dear to my heart are the interviews with Jamie Lee Finch, Emily Joy & Hannah Paasch, and Samantha Field. These women’s voices are rol…

Love It

Leaving evangelicalism can seem like a solitary journey, but this podcast shows those of us who left that we're not alone and our stories need and deserve to be told. That there is an outlet that tells us exvangelicals that it's ok to leave, it's ok when your beliefs change, it's ok to want to talk…

Amazing show

This show speaks to me and my experiences in a way no other podcast does. At first I was a little suspicious about another cisgender hetero male-hosted Christianity podcast, but Blake Chastain's affect and approach perfectly fits the show. I love that he tries to find women, LGBTQ folks, and people…

Recommended for All Ex-Evangelicals

I stumbled across this podcast while looking for resources and support for ex-Evangelicals, and ended up binge-listening to the whole backlog in under two weeks. Each episode features an interview with a former Evangelical. Some of the interviewees have maintained their faith but gone in a differen…

Living with Cognitive Dissonance

After living for 60 years in the evangelical community and experiencing the world altering dysphoria of the 2016 election, Blake Chastain's interviews are thought provoking guides to alternative world views and fresh ways to look at Christianity. I particularly thought the interview with Peterson T…

Great exploration

Blake's work explores the personal stories of people who have come through the evangelical movement and decided to leave it behind. It's an honest take that puts faces on the stats you read in the paper. The diversity of people and beliefs is a great strength of the show. (Disclosure: I was a gue…

Understanding Evangelical Subculture

I've only heard three episodes so far (Science Mike, Samantha Field, and Morgan Guyton), but I have found the conversations very refreshing. Though I haven't considered myself an evangelical for years (now an Episcopalian), I'm still reckoning with the world I grew up in and so much of my family s…

Great guests and stories!

First rate podcast exploring the full range of fundagelical experiences from ex/formers, de/reconverts, nones, and the frustrated faithful who remain -- in the age of Trump.

Much needed

I never listen to podcasts. I'm not an auditory person. I even struggle with audiobooks. But I've been listening to Exvangelical every time I get a chance for the past three days. It's exactly what I and many others who grew up in evangelical circles need right now.

v cathartic

Much needed for those of us who have left the church.

Very Interesting

Great to listen to such thoughtful conversation. Can't wait to listen for the next episode.

Needed more than ever

I’m grateful for a forum to hear about life after the evangelical experience. It’s incredibly encouraging to hear such an informed critique of a worldview that needs rebalancing.

Great Stuff

I was honored to be part of an episode. What Exvangelical is doing is bringing necessary critique and ways forward. It's great.

Exciting new podcast

I'm so glad to find voices speaking up for new/ancient forms of Christianity. On behalf of the legions of millennials who grew up in conservative evangelicalism and have seen its shortcomings, we need new voices like this to speak for a radical Christianity that thinks critically and offers altern…