Jordan Canter, aged 34, was born and raised as a Jehovah’s Witness.
Jordan said: “It meant no to everything – no Christmas, no birthdays, no blood transfusions, no sex before marriage, no gays, no nothing.
“Growing up, you are expected to be perfect, and I was nowhere near.”
Jordan said life became difficult when he went to secondary school as he could not go to birthday parties or spend time with school friends who did not share his religion.
He said: “I felt like I was really living two lives and not fitting into either of them.