David Hayward: Master of Theology, Diploma in Ministry, over 30 years professional pastoral experience. 

I was baptized Anglican as a baby, came to faith in a Baptist church when I was a teenager, changed to Pentecostal in my late teens, married another Pentecostal named Lisa, was ordained Presbyterian, pastored a Vineyard church, went Independent, and planted others.

I have a Masters in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as a Diploma in Religious Studies and Ministry from McGill University in Montreal.

In 2010 I left the professional paid clergy after almost 30 years of ministry. I am passionate about how people can find and follow their own spiritual path with courage and joy, as well as in how people can freely gather and form community in healthy ways.I help people deconstruct without the self-destruct. I help people lose their faith without losing their minds. I help people undress their religion to the core essential of their own unique spirituality. I call this spiritual independence.

I started this blog called nakedpastor in 2006, and initiated my public undressing of religion, religious community and spirituality through my writings, art and cartoons. Thousands of people are challenged and entertained by nakedpastor every day.

In 2012, I launched The Lasting Supper, and online resource site and community for spiritually independent people to help themselves to companionship and support for their spiritual journeys. It’s like nakedpastor’s small group.

My art, cartoons, writings, and books have found their way all around the world, and I coach people who want spiritual freedom from everywhere.

If you would like to connect, please email me!

I live with my wife Lisa on the beautiful Kennebecasis River near Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. We have 3 grown children. And a dog, Sophie.


16 Replies to “ABOUT”

  1. Hello!
    My name is Cynthia, I reside in New Jersey, US. I came across your cartoons while searching for abuse of power political pieces… I myself am starting my own blog… it’s all about personal growth and positive progression but stemmed from deciding to retire from the service industry and pave my own way! I came across one of your cartoons, and I would really love to post it on my page! I would also love to reference you on my page and shed a little light on how I found you and why you’re such an inspiration to me! I’d like to spread the knowledge wealth! My blog is not up and running, it does not have a launch date yet, but I’m rounding out my first article and your cartoon really reasonated with me! I hope that this message finds you and that you and your loved ones are all well! Thank you so much for your time!

    Cynthia CV

  2. Heyward,
    Loving your art on nakedpastor.com! I tried to email you through the link on your Contact page, but kept getting errors on the email address.
    On our podcast, we include show notes with resources for pastors, church-folk, and anyone who wastes their time listening to us. In our show notes, we would like to include some of your art images. If we make sure to link the images to your website, is that okay? And, if you give us a listen and do not want to be stained by association with us, we’ll understand. We’re humble that way. But, if we are not terrible, maybe we could interview you about your art and work.
    Craig Morton
    ATHBCP (All That’s Holy Blue Collar Podcast)

  3. Hi Craig:
    The email link works. I’m not sure why it isn’t for you. It’s gmail.
    Sure you can use my images.
    And I love being interviewed.
    You can email me at haywardart at gmail dot com

  4. Hi David,

    I’ve just found your site. It looks interesting and open in a way that many spiritual sites do not. Thanks for that. I’m still finding my way around here, and am still not certain of the ideas that you are putting forward? There is time and I will learn and either embrace or reject. Such is life.

    I’ve recently been re-questioning the beliefs that I developed as a child so I am doing a little research on the wisdom of others. I set up a blog to try to document my journey but will include the link for your eyes only in the background info to this post. Feel free to publicise it if you like (no obligations), but leave it to die a quiet death if you do not like what you see there.

    As I say, I have a lot of reading to do, so you may well hear from me again if I find something here that I do not understand.

    regards, and best wishes,


  5. Hello David,

    I’m an enormous fan of your comics, and your general approach to faith. It’s got me reading up on Vineyard, as they seemed to have earned your loyalty! I haven’t read everything on your website by a long shot, so perhaps this question is amply addressed one way or another, but I was wondering about your opinion on war. Is there ever a place for armed conflict in the toolkit of Christ’s community? I’m a Mennonite (unfortunately I don’t see any Mennonite churches near St. John, I think there are progressive congregations where you would feel very much at home) so of course I feel rather strongly about the issue.

    All my best wishes,

  6. p.s.- If you haven’t read “The Naked Anabaptist”, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Not only is it very well done, but the coincidence with your own sobriquet is no coincidence at all, I think.

  7. Hi Andrew:
    Ya, complicated. I don’t go to church now but I do visit a Vineyard church once in a while. There are actually a couple of Mennonites who attend there.
    War… I’m a pacifist… but then I can’t see how there can be any other way sometimes. I would fight to defend my own family. Complicated.

  8. I just discovered your posts and cartoons.
    Was looking for a story of your life and what made youth turn away from Christian faith and go opposite direction. Have you shared it anywhere? If “yes’ , can you post a link.
    My children from the early had a very negative experiences with churches and people in it, bing raised in church and attended Independent Baptist private school till I noticed many wrongs in their midst and pulled them out of there. But a lots of damage have been done and they are suffering emotionally and cannot trust anyone at all.
    I myself a Christian and wouldn’t want to see my children reacting to their experiences in such a way, that they’ll go the other direction and get involved in self-distracting behaviors and devil-pleasing practices.

    What exactly bought you to the other side that you are even into mocking anything God related, the Creator of the Universe and of everything living under the sky?

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