About Jim


Jim Palmer is an ordained minister, author, activist, speaker, spiritual director, and leading figure in the non-religious spirituality movement. Palmer received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Divinity School in Chicago, and served several years as a Christian pastor. In 2000, Palmer left professional ministry and began chronicling his journey of “shedding religion to find God.”

Jim’s books include:

Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the unlikely people who help you)

Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-by-Number Christianity

Being Jesus in Nashville: Finding the Courage to Live Your Life (Whoever and Wherever You are)

Notes from (Over) the Edge: Unmasking the Truth to End Your Suffering

Inner Anarchy: Dethroning God and Jesus to Save Yourself and the World 

After leaving professional Christian ministry, Palmer served as U.S. Director of Education for International Justice Mission (IJM), an international human rights organization in Washington, D.C. He traveled through South Asia with IJM as part of an operation to free children from forced child prostitution and child slave labor. He is currently an adjunct college professor of Ethics, Linguistics, and Comparative Religions in Nashville. In 2012, Palmer founded The Religion-Free Bible Project, an effort to create a paraphrase of the Bible, free from the religious bias that Palmer believes has been imposed on it.

Palmer actively promotes causes that have touched his life. Diagnosed as a child with Tourettes Syndrome (TS), he raises awareness about the disorder and corresponds extensively with others who suffer from TS and parents who have children with TS. As a result of Palmer’s work with International Justice Mission, he consistently speaks out about human rights issues, including forced child prostitution and child slave labor. He currently lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee. Jim’s personal interests include cycling, abstract art, animals, music, and hanging out with family and friends.

For spiritual direction and speaking opportunities, Jim can be reached at: nobody.jimpalmer@gmail.com

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