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    Terry Plank

    Terry Plank

    Terry served as The Clergy Project's first President (2014-17).

    I went from agnostic to believer to atheist.  After my first 2 years of college and marriage  I became a “born again” Christian in the Church of Christ. Eventually I became an elder in the church, & after 5 years in retail management after college, I earned an M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary, and served 5 churches as a pastor. One of those churches included a street ministry in Venice CA in the 70’s.

    Struggling with why my ministry was not bearing fruit like in the New Testament, healing etc. I began studying Christian and Jewish mysticism, then mystical traditions in other religions and Buddhism. Through that process, I came to the conclusion that religions have great human truths in common at their core, with an overlay of all the rest that makes their scriptures a documentation of the best and the worst of humanity. I decided that there was no god revealing ultimate truth to ancient human patriarchs, truths and dogma that is relevant and to be followed throughout time.

    Pat and I have been married 52 years and have two grown daughters. We have three grandchildren, we are all non-theists. I eventually got another Masters Degree and became a Marriage, Family Therapist. Then started a wedding business and a Search Marketing business. weddingsbythesea.com serves as an example for any leaving the ministry and wanting to start a wedding business. I perform about 50 weddings a year as an officiant. Since 1999, I’ve been a consultant in Search Marketing. I’ve worked with hundreds of companies and for 3 years was the Dean of SEMPO Institute and facilitated the creation and marketing of 40 courses in Search Marketing. I still consult with clients in Search Marketing.

    My volunteer activities include being President of the TCP Board of Directors and serving on the Board of the Humanist Society: http://www.humanist-society.org .

    I’m open to connecting personally.

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