As a former Pastor now disillusioned with religion, Drew Marshall has spent the last decade as the host of Canada's most listened to spiritual talk show. He's interviewed spiritual leaders, cultural influencers, and yes... even celebrities, to find out why and how people Believe! He's spoken with Marie Osmond about her Mormonism, Larry King about his Agnosticism, Alice Cooper about his Christianity, Sinead O'Connor about her Rastafarian Catholicism, and Penn Jillette about his Atheism. His quest to understand “faith” has taken him to Israel for a month where he meditated at the Wailing Wall; wept at Jerusalem's Holocaust Memorial; stayed at an orphanage in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve; herded sheep in Nazareth; and camped in the Judean desert during the worst sand-storm in 50 years. He's slept at Stonehenge, taken the pilgrimage to a monastic Mecca in the Scottish Hebrides, and waited for the tide to go out before traveling across the mystical road to Holy Island off the coast of England. He's consumed ales with Witches, drank mead with Druids, celebrated Solstice with Wiccans, discussed Hedonism with the High Priest of The Church Of Satan, and asked Canada's polygamist leader about his bed-sharing schedule. He was also invited to L. Ron Hubbard's 100th Birthday Celebration by the President of Scientology Canada. Drew Marshall's personal pursuit to believe in the "unbelievable" has even led to giving up his eyesight for an entire week during Lent. “The longer I search, the more I understand that doubt is actually more compatible with faith than certainty.”
Growing up in a Funeral Home has given Drew Marshall a unique perspective on death. From embalming bodies to retrieving them from suicide and homicide scenes, he performed every task imaginable in the family business. As a Hospital Chaplain, Drew has been at the bedside of many as they've breathed their last breath. As a former Pastor, he has walked with family members through the loss of loved ones. Losing his own mother when he was 22 (on the same night his son was born) and surviving his own suicide attempt as a teen, has helped give Drew an intimate and insightful understanding into one of life's least discussed, yet most guaranteed events – DEATH.
"Embracing my mortality has given me permission to live!"
Not wanting to wait around for life to give him a shot after being asked to leave four schools, Drew Marshall finally dropped out after completing Grade 9 and took off to California. There he took a shot at being a wrangler at a ranch-camp in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. After returning to Canada in his early twenties, and having never played a game of football in his life, he took a shot at becoming a pro-football player and began playing semi-pro, which led to NFL & CFL tryouts. Then, Drew took a shot at voluntarism. He and his family drove around North America for six months, volunteering at over 50 non-profit camps for kids. Shortly after returning home, Drew took a shot at an overseas move to Australia with nine bags of clothes, two children, no place to live, and no job! Once there, he took a shot as an associate pastor at a church in the Blue Mountains. Five years later he moved his family back to Canada and in 2003 and with absolutely zero broadcasting experience, walked into a radio station and took a shot at hosting a talk show. Drew now hosts Canada's Most Listened To Spiritual Talk Show - listened to by an estimated 100,000 people around Southern Ontario and online by listeners from over 150 Countries! More recently, Drew decided to take a shot at improv & stand up comedy and became a student at the infamous Second City Toronto. To be continued...