Lloyd Evans is an ex-Jehovah’s Witness author, activist and filmmaker. In 2011, he founded JWsurvey.org – an online resource aimed at assisting those who wish to leave the Witness faith. In 2017, Lloyd published his first book The Reluctant Apostate – a part-memoir, part-reference work interweaving his life story with Watchtower teachings and history. Lloyd then published a follow-up titled How to Escape From Jehovah’s Witnesses aimed as a guide for those considering quitting his former faith.
In 2018, Lloyd appeared on A&E as a panelist and consulting producer for Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath special episode titled “The Jehovah’s Witnesses.” Lloyd has also been interviewed on the David Pakman Show, Freethought Radio, the Thinking Atheist podcast, the Secular Jihadists podcast and BBC World Service radio. In addition to his media appearances, Lloyd has written for various websites including Hemant Mehta’s “Friendly Atheist” blog. Lloyd’s “John Cedars” YouTube channel has over 38,000 subscribers and has attracted over 9 million views.
In recent years, Lloyd has established himself as a passionate advocate against cults and religious fundamentalism, stressing the need for governments to properly address human rights violations by high-control groups. A firm atheist, Lloyd points to the religion of his upbringing as just one example of the harm that can ensue when religious authority goes unchecked.