About Founder and Teacher Shawn McCraney

Shawn McCraney is the founder and teacher of The Great News Network and Christian Ultra Libertarians for Truth. He has conducted the research that substantiates the courses offered here. Read below to learn more about where he comes from and how he came to the conclusions that love is the objective of believers today.

Shawn's Relevant Experience

1982 - 1984 · 2 yrs

A basic timeline of the major events leading up to the development of Christian Ultra Libertarians for Truth.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States · On-site

From 1982 – 1984, Shawn served a 24-month volunteer service where LDS Church members devote themselves to full-time proselytizing and humanitarian assistance or service with the intent to convert individuals to Mormonism. In this short time, Shawn excelled in the calling, rising to levels of leadership among his peers.

2004 - 2006 · 15 yrs


Calvary Chapel School of Ministry

Costa Mesa, California, United States

Shawn pursued full-time school of ministry where he and his cohort were personally trained in exegesis and biblical languages by Pastor Chuck Smith. 

2006 - 2021 · 15 yrs

Founder, Teacher

Alathea Ministries

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Alathea Ministries teaches the biblical gospel of Jesus Christ through media, including but not limited to television, publications, art and events.

2006 - Present · 15 yrs


Verse By Verse Teachings (Formerly C.A.M.P.U.S.)

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

C.A.M.P.U.S. stands for Christian Anarchists Meeting Prayerfully To Understand Scripture. Meeting weekly for live-broadcasted teachings, members met weekly to listen to Shawn’s research through each verse of biblical text taught in a verse-by-verse manner. The teachings unpacked linguistic, exegetical and contextual information about the text, and were followed with Q&A discussion.

2006 - Present · 15 yrs

Writer, Producer, On Air Host

Heart of the Matter

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Heart of the Matter was a weekly hour-long live call-in broadcast comparing and contrasting Mormonism with tenants of biblical Christianity. This show was hosted on full-power television station KTMW (TV20) from 2006-2013, and then across independent channels from 2013-2021.

2004 - Present · 19 yrs


Bjorn Books

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Shawn is the author of dozens of publications about organized religion and spirituality. His work is entirely derived from a robust body of research around the manipulation of liberty in modern religion; each work ranges in depth, complexity, and abstractness. Most notable of his publications are Born-Again Mormon, Where Mormonism Meets Biblical Christianity Face to Face: An A to Z Doctrinal Comparative between Mormonism and Biblical Christianity, Knife to a Gun Fight, Don’t F**k With Jesus, and Revelations on Revelation: Footnotes on the Book of Revelation.

2023- Present · 1 yrs


The Great News Network

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Faith Without Religion

Yeshua lived, died, rose and then returned in 70 A.D. In turn, God reconciled the world to Himself, liberating us forevermore. We call this biblical fulfillment.


So, what remains?


The Great News Network offers seeking believers educational supplements to enrich their personal pursuit of faith outside of organized religion. We are a collection of individuals who create free educational resources about God and faith in our age of biblical fulfillment. For forty years, we have been dedicated to uncovering the truth about God, considering all aspects, all while remaining independent of institutional constraints and pressures. What we have discovered is humbling, liberating, and invaluable, especially for those in pursuit of Him.

In a world where traditional theologies are crumbling and institutions are failing, we are committed to offering sincere and dedicated research to seekers of Spiritual knowledge and growth that are thirsting in the desert that is modern religion. Our work delves into the contextual meaning of the Bible and its fulfillment, exploring how this understanding can liberate believers and foster deeply rooted and personal spiritual growth beyond the confines of material religion.

No matter who you are or what you believe, we invite you to join us in the pursuit of Spirit and Truth. We offer thousands of free, self-produced videos, teachings, courses, books, publications, art, and materials, all crafted to enrich your journey.

Featured Interviews and Discussions

Street Epistemology week continues with Anthony Magnabosco and special guest exMormon Christian pastor Shawn McCraney. After building the foundation of SE with episodes 1-3, in part 4, Shawn is kind enough to play our interlocutor as Anthony questions him about the roots of his religious beliefs. You’ll likely be very surprised with the way this interview progresses as Anthony does his best to display Street Epistemology in the Mormon Stories studio! 

Shawn is the founder of Christian Ultra Libertarians for Truth. He recently was visited by a group of college students affiliated with the organization Ratio Christi and, alongside local atheists, had an invigorating discussion.

Shawn is the founder of Christian Ultra Libertarians for Truth. He recently was visited by a group of college students affiliated with the organization Ratio Christi and, alongside local atheists, had an invigorating discussion.

Part 1 of 3 of an Interview with Shawn McCraney “Born Again Mormon”. Produced by John Dehlin. Shawn is Interviewed by John Dehlin and we learn about Shawn McCraney growing up in the LDS church and how he became born again.

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