The TIL Project
A Christian pastor and former Muslim, Shahram Hadian travels around the nation speaking on critical issues facing us as Americans. The simple mission of The TIL Project is to speak the “truth in love” on issues such as:
Two things have become abundantly clear to Hadian - people are tired of political correctness, and people are ready to hear the truth. This reality demonstrates the need for courageous leaders in all spheres of our society, particularly within our government, who are willing to speak the truth and stand for our foundational principles.
Shahram was born in Iran in 1971. His father was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, and his mom was an elementary school teacher. At the time, Iran was a growing, modern democracy that enjoyed relative freedom. In the weeks leading up to the winter of 1978, there was a stirring movement towards Islam within the country, and many people were under the dangerous illusion that Islam would usher in an era of peace. Shahram’s parents had a sense of urgency to leave the country as soon as possible and in December of 1978, with nothing but their suitcases, moved to America to seek freedom. Only a few weeks later, the government of the Shah of Iran was overthrown and an oppressive Islamic regime took over, eradicating the freedoms that Iranians had previously enjoyed.
“I witnessed my birth country lose its freedoms, and now I’ve come to America and this is my home, and I’m seeing America lose her freedoms. I cannot be silent and do nothing. It is time that we stand for the truth and founding principles that have made the United States a beacon of light to the world.”
Shahram experienced a transformational life change 13 years ago when he committed his life to Jesus Christ. When he became a Christian, he immediately faced persecution and disapproval from his family and culture. According to the teachings of Islam, his conversion means that he is an “apostate” and deserves to be killed. In spite of this opposition, Shahram persevered, enrolled in Bible College, and has been a Christian pastor for the last ten years. He graduated from Puget Sound Christian College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry.
Shahram met his wife Michelle at their church in Edmonds, WA in 2000. Michelle had just returned home after graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Child Development and her Washington State teaching certificate. They quickly became best friends, fell deeply in love, and in December of 2001 were married. They now live in Everett, Washington with their two sweet boys, ages 7 and 4.
Michelle taught second grade in the Mukilteo school district for five years and currently continues to express her love for children by working with families and caregivers at a Seattle-based nanny company.
“All of our marriage, Shahram and I have been best friends and a strong team. Our faith in Christ has been the cornerstone of our marriage and guides our commitment to each other, our family, and our community.” - Michelle Hadian