William Poire

527651_404182996294790_123909612_n(1)Born a fraternal twin in Oklahoma City, William was raised by his mother and step-father in Mustang, OK. Despite his parents' theistic beliefs, it was his aunt who most influenced his Christian indoctrination.

He graduated from Mustang High School in 2000 and on an athletic and academic scholarship, attended Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore, OK where, in his freshman year, he began reading the Bible in its entirety and heavily investigating its claims. His research continued throughout the summer and by the start of his sophomore year, his faith was in serious jeopardy. Consequently, he took his nagging questions and concerns to the elders but found their answers either fallacious or unsatisfactory. Nevertheless, he feigned through the motions as the lead guitarist for the praise and worship band and helped lead the Saints to a NCCAA Division II national baseball title victory as a starting pitcher in 2002. Shortly thereafter, he ultimately came to terms with his newfound rejection of Christianity and reversion to the default position regarding theistic claims.

From 2002 to 2009, he found comfort in discussing his lack of belief in various online communities of freethinkers and atheists but continued seeking real life friendships with like-minded individuals. He eventually found Tulsa Atheist on December 9, 2009 and immediately joined thus becoming a stubborn and vocal presence within the atheist community.

On February 28, 2010, he was appointed as assistant organizer of Tulsa Atheist and on November 29th, 2010, he was appointed organizer thus becoming the de facto president. He was later elected acting president alongside Eric and Misty in the first election and established set of bylaws.

Throughout his official capacity within the group, he oversaw the group's name change from Tulsa Atheist to Atheist Community of Tulsa, created and designed the ACT mascot, logo, and two slogans, founded FreeOK, established an online presence on Twitter, Youtube, Google +, and Facebook, introduced community service, social, educational, family oriented, and outreach events, helped jump start or create "satellite" city groups, enjoyed a quadruplication in both size and activity becoming the 27th largest atheist organization out of 685 worldwide and the most active and largest Meetup organization in Tulsa, and was instrumental in the 2011 FFRF-sponsored billboard campaign in Tulsa.

He is currently the President of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State of Northeast Oklahoma, Regional Director for American Atheists, and Executive Director of FreeOK.

He resides in Broken Arrow, OK with his wife and three children.

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