Hi … Thanks so much for reading. I’m J. Shane Mercer (I only use the “J.” in my sigs; otherewise, I’m just plain old Shane Mercer). I’m the religion reporter at The Forum, the daily paper in the cities of Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn.

As for my background, I hold a bachelors degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin (go Skyhawks!), and earned my masters degree at the Ohio University Scripps School of Journlism. I also spent some time studying religious philosophy and theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kent. Prior to that, I worked in communications for Wellspring Retreat & Resource Center in southeast Ohio. Wellspring is the nation’s only residential mental health facility specializing in treating victims of cults.

If you have any questions, comments, frustrations, suggestions, etc., please feel free to contact me at smercer@forumcomm.com. And thanks again for reading.

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