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. The following year, Lloyd published a follow-up titled How to Escape From Jehovah’s Witnesses aimed as a guide for others 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 titled “The Jehovah’s Witnesses.” Lloyd also featured as a subject matter expert for “The Witnesses,” a two-part documentary by investigative journalist Trey Bundy airing on the Oxygen channel in February 2020.
In addition to his television work, Lloyd has appeared on the Atheist Experience, the David Pakman Show, Talk Heathen, the Life After God podcast, the Thinking Atheist podcast, the Secular Jihadists podcast, the Recovering From Religion podcast, and BBC World Service radio.
Lloyd’s “John Cedars” YouTube channel has over 60,000 subscribers, having attracted over 17 million views. He is currently co-producing a documentary titled The Truth About the Truth, which tackles abusive elements of Jehovah’s Witness teachings and practices. Lloyd has also written for various websites including Hemant Mehta’s “Friendly Atheist” blog and the pages of the UK’s National Secular Society.
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. He has assisted various political efforts to curb the mishandling of child sex abuse in faith communities, both as a source for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Safeguarding in Faith Settings and a Core Participant for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
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.