John Gleason is the founder of the Godless Engineer brand. What started off as an alternative to his personal Facebook page in 2012, where he could speak his mind without fear of backlash from his family and friends has grown into an incredible community he now runs with Kaitlyn Chloe on various Facebook pages and groups, Twitter, and YouTube. John spent some time before starting his page watching and reading other atheist sources and chose the name “Godless” to differentiate himself from the more common “atheist” and “Engineer” because that’s what he is. John has a Bachelor’s in computer engineering and a Master’s in software engineering. John grew up Catholic, but in his teens/early 20s he bounced around to various versions of Christianity to find his right fit and found that none of them worked for him. When he started to consider what he actually believed and realized that he just didn’t, his eyes opened and he saw things in religion that made him sad and angry. So he took to social media to not only share his thoughts, but to give others a place to share theirs as well. Growing up in Alabama, he was surrounded by religion and found it could be very isolating, especially if you couldn’t talk to anyone about not being a believer.
John has used his Godless Engineering platform to discuss a variety of issues including the separation of church and state, impacts of religion, science/debunking crazy conspiracies and flat earth, and politics. He’s done interviews with too many atheist activists in the community to count along with a variety of religious people/organizations as well. He’s produced charity events for Bible Reloaded, Genetically Modified Skeptic, and hosted his own as well. He manages the Patreon streams for Creationist Cat, Mythicist Milwaukee’s YouTube channel, and social media for Dogma Debate. John is also the Central Regional Director for The Original Motto Project. He’s attended, been a special guest of, or organizer for several atheist conferences and events including Reason Rally, MythCon (I, II, II, and IV), NaNoCon, Apostacon, Wonder, and the American Atheist Conference. John’s main goal with his atheist activism is to help build the community, especially after it’s been so divided for so long. John believes diversity of thought in our community makes it better, but that we need to work together for the goals we share and try to make the atheist activist community one that people, especially newer atheists feel comfortable approaching to ask questions, have discussions, and learn.