Meet the Team
After our Journey from the Jehovah's Witness faith it not only freed our minds from a controlling organization, but gave us a different way of looking at life in general. No matter what your affiliation, we feel qualified to use our personal life experiences to help others no matter what denomination, personal relationship or secular issues. We are dedicating our lives to assisting those in need and have spoken to hundreds of individuals and have been instrumental in coaching them to use critical thinking when making pertinent decisions in their lives. We have also discovered that leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses makes a big difference in one's mental health.
Cathy Thomas aka “Lady Cee” was raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses (third generation) from age five. Although originally from Michigan, as a military Brat, she spent the early years of her life traveling with her family throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico. Each time the family moved to a new location, her mother wasted no time contacting the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was paramount to continue associating with the local congregation to remain active with the group.
Being fed a daily diet of Watchtower dogma was the driving factor to Cathy’s decision to dedicate and baptize her life to this religion at age 18. She later joined the ranks of pioneer ministers, attended pioneer service school and even relocated to the Washington, DC area to serve where the need is great with her pioneer partners.
She often jokes about being a mail-order bride as a result of meeting her husband, JT through mutual friends. He was a Bethelite, in town attending the district convention in Pontiac, MI as a delegate from Brooklyn NY. They struck up a friendship and married three years later. The dynamic duo relocated to Alexandria VA attending the North congregation. After ten years of marriage, they put two and two together thus waking up to the Truth about the Truth (TTATT).
As an online activist, Cathy splits her time between a variety of tasks. She is the co-founder of the YouTube channel EXJW Critical Thinker. There are more than 18,000 subscribers and more than 2.4 million views. She writes, edits and manages and serves as the administrator for Critical Thinker’s other social media outlets to include a WordPress Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. She is also the webmaster for the website hosted at http://exjwcriticalthinker.com.
The mission of Critical Thinkers is to help individuals to use critical thinking when examining the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses. This mission is accomplished by producing video testimonials, conducting interviews with other exjw’s, and providing information to those seeking more information.
Cathy often calls herself an accidental life coach. She's had the opportunity to interact with individuals from all over the world. She works tirelessly to assist those in need and has referred suicide victims to seek guidance from mental health professionals. She responds to endless email correspondence and when time permits have spoken to many people on the telephone.
Additionally, Cathy has provided assistance to individuals to help them think through processes in making career choices, furthering their education, finding new friends and how to make the best effort to communicate within their relationships.
Be on the lookout for the release of an upcoming book Cathy is co-authoring with JT chronicling their life story.
JT was raised in rural North Carolina as one of Jehovah's Witnesses from age five. Although he was not yet old enough to drive a car, nothing could deter his mother from dressing him up in a suit and tie to go out peddling Watchtowers for their newfound faith. At an early age, he was being groomed to reach out to do more in the religion. All of his mother’s hard work paid off when he chose to regular pioneer after high school instead of pursuing a college degree. He applied to and was accepted to serve at Bethel in Brooklyn, NY at age 19. Jokingly, some have said that going to Bethel is the Watchtower's version of Harvard University.
He met his wife, Cathy aka Lady Cee, through mutual friends. It was during the time he was attending the district convention in Pontiac, MI. After a brief encounter meeting, he was smitten, and the rest is history. They married three years later. After serving six years at Bethel, he relocated to Alexandria, VA.
When JT arrived at his new congregation, it didn’t take the brothers long to realize his desire to continue serving in a self-sacrificing way. Therefore, after leaving Bethel, they quickly put him to work. He was reappointed as a Ministerial Servant almost immediately. And was appointed as an elder at age 27.
Long before co-founding the EXJW Critical Thinker YouTube channel in February 2013, with his wife, Lady Cee, JT was busy dialoguing with individuals on Jehovahswitness.net and the now-defunct H20 bulletin boards. He’s logged over 8,000 posts discussing his personal experiences, sharing insider knowledge, and helping individuals to implement critical thinking when examining the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
As an online activist, JT uses his expertise as the subject matter expert helping to explain Watchtower theology based on what he observed when serving at Bethel and as an elder in his local congregation. He works alongside Lady Cee helping to save lives as countless individuals begin waking up to the realities of the religion.
JT is the writer and editor for the podcast the Critical Thought. He tackles a lot of heavyweight topics that in many instances is foreign to the average Jehovah’s Witness. As he sheds light on the various teachings of the organization, he helps individuals to use critical thinking to sort through the falsehoods that have caused them to give up life in expectation of future promises the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society can never deliver.
JT is also co-authoring a book with his wife chronicling their life story.
In 1997, Daniel began studying the bible with the Jehovah's Witnesses. He wanted to grow closer to God and wanted to learn, teach and apply God's word. Initially, he was very impressed with the Jehovah's Witnesses. They're kind, studious and family-oriented.
In 1999, Daniel became an un-baptized publisher and started to participate in their field ministry. He began to more rigorously research their doctrine like 1914, the 144,000 anointed, the blood issue, and Christ not the mediator for the great crowd, etc.
In 2000, much to his dismay, it became clear that the Watchtower was not God's sole communication channel on earth. In fact, he began to realize the overwhelming evidence, from their documents, to draw this conclusion.
Daniel, came to appreciate that most Jehovah's Witnesses are kind people with good intentions. Yet, his research further revealed that their sincerity should not be mistaken for accuracy. In short, the doctrine Jehovah's Witnesses teach is about 80% accurate. The other 20% is inaccurate and simply man-made.
Daniel currently resides in Atlanta, GA and attends a non-denominal church with his family.
According to JW.ORG, Jehovah's Witnesses spend over one billion hours in more than 200 countries knocking on doors and asking the basic question, "are you open minded enough to examine, question and challenge the teachings of your faith"? Thus commending individuals willing to do so.
We use the same approach when helping Jehovah's Witnesses by asking them "are you open minded enough to examine, challenge and question the teachings of the Watchtower"?