The lead singer for the Christian band “Hawk Nelson,”Jon Steingard, has announced that he has lost his faith and is now an atheist.
Fans of the band were stunned by the announcement, which Steingard revealed in a post on Instagram. As Fox News reports:
The lead singer of a Christian rock band and the son of a pastor announced on Instagram that he no longer believes in God.
“I’ve been terrified to post this for a while– but it feels like it’s time for me to be honest,” Jon Steingard, the frontman for the band Hawk Nelson, wrote in the caption of a lengthy note on May 20.
“After growing up in a Christian home, being a pastor’s kid, playing and singing in a Christian band, and having the word ‘Christian’ in front of most of the things in my life — I am now finding that I no longer believe in God,” he said.
I’ve been terrified to post this for a while – but it feels like it’s time for me to be honest. I hope this is not the end of the conversation, but the beginning. I hope this is encouraging to people who might feel the same but are as afraid to speak as I am. I want to be open. I want to be transparent with you all – and also open to having my heart changed in the future. I am not looking for a debate at all – just a chance to share my story in the hopes some good can come from it. I love you all.
After Steingard switched from guitarist to lead vocalist in 2012, the band, formed in 2000 from Peterborough, Ontario, shifted from fast-paced punk rock to more contemporary Christian music with songs like “Drops in the Ocean,” which he said he can “no longer sing” in good conscience.