Merrill Long, PhD
I was born and raised a faithful member of the Mormon Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. At age 18, I moved to Utah to attend BYU, and felt fortunate to serve a full Mormon mission in Melbourne, Australia, from 1990 to 1992. I became inactive after returning home but stayed at BYU and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Afterward, I lived in Salt Lake City for a few years, during which time I left the Church entirely.
After that, I entered a period of wandering – first through Europe, then through the U.S. – before making my way to the San Francisco Bay Area. There I completed a Master’s degree in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from John F. Kennedy University, and a doctoral degree in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I wrote my dissertation about my experience of losing my faith as a Mormon missionary. I currently live in Portland, Oregon, with my wife and two kids.