Speakers

Ken Ham

Since moving to America in 1987, Australian Ken Ham—president and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S. and the new highly acclaimed Creation Museum—has become one of the most in-demand Christian conference speakers and talk show guests. (In one year alone he appeared on: Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends in the Morning; CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, ABC’s Good Morning America, the BBC, etc.)

Each year Ken gives numerous faith-building talks to tens of thousands of children and adults (he receives many hundreds of invitations to speak annually) on such topics as the reliability of the Bible, how compromise over biblical authority has undermined society and even the church (which is seeing a massive exodus of young people), witnessing more effectively, dinosaurs, “races,” etc. Ken co-founded AiG in 1994 with the purpose of upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse.

Ken is the author of many books on Genesis, including the new eye-opening book Already Gone, co-authored by renowned researcher Britt Beemer on why so many young people have left the church, the best-selling The Lie: Evolution, and a number of children’s books (Dinosaurs of Eden, D is for Dinosaur, A is for Adam, etc.). Other recent co-authored books include Darwin’s Plantation: Evolution’s Racist Roots and War of the Worldviews, plus How Could a Loving God …?

Ken is heard daily on the radio feature Answers … with Ken Ham (broadcast on more than 900 stations—and dozens more worldwide), and is a frequent guest on national TV talk-show programs. He has also recently appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning, The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and The PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He also writes articles for AiG’s popular website www.AnswersInGenesis.org.

Ken’s emphasis is on the relevance and authority of the book of Genesis to the life of the average Christian, and how compromise on Genesis has opened a dangerous door regarding how the culture and church view biblical authority. His Australian accent, keen sense of humor, captivating stories, and exceptional PowerPoint illustrations have made him one of North America’s most effective Christian communicators.

Ken is also able to reflect on some of the “hot button” topics of our day (e.g., the breakdown of the society and the family unit, “gay” marriage, school violence, creation/evolution in public schools, abortion, homosexual behavior, lawlessness, etc.) and relate them to the book of Genesis. In addition, he provides biblical and scientific answers to some of the most difficult questions people ask about the Christian faith, including:

  • How can we reclaim the culture for biblical truths?
  • Can we really trust the Bible from its very first verse?
  • How can we build a biblical worldview starting with Genesis?
  • How do we know there is a God?
  • Are dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible?
  • How can we evangelize more effectively?
  • Who was Cain’s wife?
  • Why do we see death and suffering (tsunamis, terrorist attacks, etc.) in this world?

Ken’s bachelor’s degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia).

In recognition of the contribution Ken has made to the church in the USA and internationally, Ken has been awarded two honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Divinity (1997) from Temple Baptist College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Doctor of Literature (2004) from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Ken writes articles and helps edit AiG’s Answers magazine. He has produced a number of very popular video and audio series. These include Answers Academy, a 13-week Sunday school curriculum written to help participants answer the questions our Western culture is asking about the authority and accuracy of the Bible and the relevance of Genesis. Another important series, Genesis of a Legacy, was produced in 2006. This 11-session series includes Ken and his brother, Steve, and it covers topics, questions, biblical insights, and practical parenting tips meant to encourage and equip parents to raise godly children in an ungodly world.

In May of 2007, Answers in Genesis finished its high-tech and acclaimed Creation Museum and education center in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area (on 50 scenic acres in Petersburg, Kentucky). The brainchild of Ken Ham, the state-of-the-art facility contains dozens of world-class exhibits—including impressive animatronic dinosaur models and planetarium—which are now on display inside the 70,000-sq-ft museum. In its first two years, it attracted the world's major media and over 719,000 guests.

Ken and his wife, Mally, reside in the Cincinnati area. They have five children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Andrew Snelling

Dr. Andrew Snelling joined Answers in Genesis in 2007 as the organization’s Director of Research and also as a speaker for layperson and technical audiences. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Answers Research Journal.

Dr. Snelling completed a bachelor of science degree in applied geology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, graduating with first class honors in 1975. His PhD in geology was awarded by the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1982 for his research thesis entitled “A Geochemical Study of the Koongarra Uranium Deposit, Northern Territory, Australia.” During his studies and afterward, Dr. Snelling worked for six years in the exploration and mining industries in Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory variously as a field, mine, and research geologist.

Andrew commenced in full-time creation ministry at the end of 1983, first working with the Creation Science Foundation of Australia until late 1998. From 1983 to 1992 Snelling was still required to be a geological consultant to the Koongarra uranium project. He was involved in research projects with several CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organization) scientists, and in major international collaborative research effort with ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization) and university scientists across Australia—and with scientists from the USA, Britain, Japan, Sweden, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, to investigate the Koongarra uranium deposit as a natural analog of a nuclear waste disposal site. As a result of these research endeavors, Andrew was involved in writing numerous scientific reports and scientific papers that were published in international science journals.

Andrew was founding editor in 1984, and served as editor for almost 15 years, of the Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal (now Journal of Creation). In late 1998 Andrew joined the Institute for Creation Research near San Diego, as a professor of geology. His responsibilities included teaching master’s level geology courses in ICR’s Graduate School; leading tours to the Grand Canyon, England, Yosemite, and Death Valley; and research and writing projects. Andrew was a principal investigator in the eight-year, ICR-led RATE (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth) research project, to which he made major contributions in rock dating studies using radioisotopes and in studies of radiation halos (radiohalos) and tracks (fission tracks) in various minerals.

Andrew’s talents and experiences have enabled him to be involved in extensive creationist research in Australia, the USA, Britain, New Zealand, and elsewhere, majoring on the radioactive methods for dating rocks and evidence for the Flood.

He has traveled around Australia, the USA, and widely overseas (Britain, New Zealand, South Africa, Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China), speaking in schools, churches, colleges, and public and university meetings—to both lay and technical audiences—on the overwhelming scientific evidence consistent with the biblical account of Creation and the Genesis Flood, based largely on his own research.

Andrew and his wife Kym reside in Brisbane, Australia. They have three adult children.

Dr. Herbert Samworth

After graduation from college and military service, Dr. Samworth studied at the Graduate School of Missions at Columbia International University, South Carolina. Later He and his wife, Carolyn, served in Peru under the Evangelical Alliance Mission as church planting missionaries.

Due to medical problems, they could not return to the mission field. He then served as founding pastor of the Grace Baptist Church of Millersville, Pennsylvania for twenty-three years. During this time he earned a Doctorate of Theology in Reformation Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Since 1997 Dr. Samworth has worked with the Van Kampen Collection of artifacts, manuscripts and printed editions of the Bible in both Michigan and Florida. He also ministered at the Holy Land Experience where the Van Kampen Collection is located.

Dr. Samworth has been married to Carolyn for forty-two years and they are parents of two grown children.

Dr. Jason Lisle

Dr. Jason Lisle graduated summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he double-majored in physics and astronomy and minored in mathematics. He did graduate work at the University of Colorado where he earned a master’s degree and a PhD in astrophysics.

While there, Dr Lisle used the SOHO spacecraft to investigate motions on the surface of the sun as well as solar magnetism and subsurface weather. His thesis was entitled “Probing the Dynamics of Solar Supergranulation and its Interaction with Magnetism.” Among other things, Dr. Lisle discovered a previously unknown polar alignment of supergranules (solar convection cells) and discovered evidence of solar giant cells. He has also authored a number of papers in both secular and creation literature.

In graduate school, Dr. Lisle developed a passion to share the message that God’s Word is true from the very first verse. He began giving talks encouraging people to trust in the Bible and not compromise with the secular ideas of millions of years of evolution.

Dr. Lisle joined the staff of Answers in Genesis in 2004 and is now helping AiG (and the creation movement as a whole) refute the evolutionary account of origins using his strong science background. He has designed several exciting planetarium programs for the Stargazer’s Room at the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky (near Cincinnati, Ohio). Among these programs is the very popular Created Cosmos—an examination of the amazing size of God’s universe.

Dr. Lisle has always had a keen interest in science and enjoys reading books on a wide range of scientific topics. Astronomy and physics have been areas of special interest. One of his favorite hobbies is viewing the beautiful night sky through a telescope. His areas of interest in creation studies are in developing models of cosmology and stellar aging. Creationist thinking in these areas is still very preliminary.

Dr. Lisle has authored a number of books and articles. His books include Taking Back Astronomy, The Ultimate Proof of Creation, and Old-Earth Creationism on Trial, co-authored with Tim Chaffey. He is also a contributing author for The New Answers Books volumes 1 and 2. In addition to many articles in Answers magazine, Dr. Lisle’s online articles include the Logical Fallacy Series, Contradictions: Introduction, Evolution: The Anti-Science, Atheism: An Irrational Worldview, and many others, including our popular web feedbacks.

Dr. Lisle is an excellent and broad-ranging communicator, able to articulate challenging concepts in easy-to-understand terms. In addition to in-depth presentations on distant starlight, Einstein’s relativity, and problems with the big bang, Dr. Lisle also has a number of captivating, well-illustrated, layman-level presentations, covering a range of topics from astronomy and general science to apologetics and dinosaurs.

Dr. Georgia Purdom

Dr. Purdom graduated with a PhD in molecular genetics from Ohio State University in 2000. Her specialty is cellular and molecular biology. Dr. Purdom’s graduate work focused on genetic regulation of factors important for bone remodeling.

She has published papers in the Journal of Neuroscience (under her maiden name Hickman), the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, and the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. She is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and American Society for Cell Biology. Following graduation, Dr. Purdom served as a professor of biology for six years at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio.

Dr. Purdom is a member of the Creation Research Society and serves on the editorial board and executive council of BSG: A Creation Biology Study Group. She serves as a peer reviewer for Answers Research Journal and Creation Research Science Quarterly. Dr. Purdom, along with Dr. Joseph Francis of Master’s College, are co-founders of the Microbe Forum. This forum sponsors research, collaboration, and conferences in the field of creation microbiology.

Dr. Purdom’s scientific research focuses on the roles of natural selection and mutation in microbial populations. She seeks to understand the original, created, “very good” roles of bacteria in the pre-Fall world and genetic mechanisms that have led to their adaptations and pathogenicity in a post-Fall world. She has presented her research in this field at two Microbe Forum conferences and the 2008 International Conference on Creationism. Dr. Purdom also has published papers in the 2008 Proceedings of the International Conference on Creationism and Answers Research Journal. In addition, she has numerous lay-friendly and semi-technical articles in Answers magazine and on the AiG website.

Dr. Purdom’s expertise in natural selection was crucial in her design of the Natural Selection Is Not Evolution exhibit at the Creation Museum. She is also interested in studying the formation of stromatolites, animal speciation after the Flood, and the Intelligent Design Movement.

As a former biology professor, Dr. Purdom has the experience necessary to make scientific concepts understandable to a wide variety of people. She has both general and in-depth presentations and is a regular speaker in the Creation Museum Speaker Series. In addition, she has spoken at many AiG conferences.

Dr. Purdom also has a passion to help women understand the importance of Genesis for their roles as wives and mothers and is an excellent choice to speak to women’s groups. As a wife and mother herself, she has a vested interest in understanding what Genesis has to say to women.

Dr. Voddie Baucham

Voddie Baucham wears many hats. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, TX, and Union University in Jackson, TN. He has also lectured at Southern Seminary.

Voddie makes the Bible clear and demonstrates the relevance of God’s word to everyday life. However, he does so without compromising the centrality of Christ and the gospel. Those who hear him preach find themselves both challenged and encouraged.

Voddie’s area of emphasis is Cultural Apologetics. Whether teaching on classical apologetic issues like the validity and historicity of the Bible, or the resurrection of Christ; or teaching on biblical manhood/ womanhood, marriage and family, he helps ordinary people understand the significance of thinking and living biblically in every area of life.

It is impossible to understand Voddie’s approach to the Bible without first understanding the path he has walked. Raised in a non-Christian, single-parent home, Voddie did not hear the gospel until he was in college. His journey to faith was a very unusual and intellectual one. Consequently, he understands what it means to be a skeptic, and knows what it’s like to try to figure out the Christian life without relying on the traditions of men. As a result, he speaks to ‘outsiders’ in ways few Bible teachers can.

Voddie Baucham holds degrees from Houston Baptist University (BA in Christianity/BA in Sociology), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.), an honorary degree from Southern California Seminary (D.D.), and additional post-graduate study at the University of Oxford, England (Regent’s Park College).

Voddie and his wife, Bridget have been married since 1989. They have six children, Jasmine, Trey (Voddie, III), Elijah, Asher, Judah, and Micah. They are committed home educators.

Bill Jack

Bill Jack, faculty advisor for Worldview Academy, spent ten years as an educator in the public schools. He was national representative for the Caleb Campaign, and a contributing editor for Issues & Answers. He has appeared on national radio and television programs. Students nation-wide have learned from Bill at conferences sponsored by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). He is the producer of several videos including "Simple Tools for Brain Surgery." Bill and his wife, Tabby, live in Colorado with their children.

Carl Kerby

Carl Kerby, Founding Director/International Speaker, is one of AiG’s most dynamic lecturers on the book of Genesis.  He is a founding board member of AiG (1994). He is also considered the “father” of AiG’s highly popular and acclaimed website, which is now recognized as one of the most-visited religious websites in the world (with up to 94,000 visits/343,000 page views per day!) and which won the prestigious Website of the Year award in 2006 by the 1,400-member National Religious Broadcasters.

Carl’s passion is to proclaim the authority and accuracy of the Bible, and he does so in a highly effective way for all audiences. He is much in demand as a speaker to both young people and adults, with some of his popular talks being available as DVDs. These include Genesis: Today’s Answer to Racism, What Is the “Best Evidence” That God Created?, Genesis: The “Bottom Strip” of the Christian Faith, and Fossils: Friend or Foe?. He is also one of the presenters in the award-winning DVD series for teens called Demolishing Strongholds, which received the 2008 Gold Crown Award for Best Youth Film.

In addition, Carl is the author of Remote Control: The Power of Hollywood on Today’s Culture, the children’s book Absotively, Posilutely: Best Evidence for Creation, and is a contributor to the book War of the Worldviews. He is currently writing a semi-autobiographical book of his life (No Holds Barred) as the son of a famous professional wrestler and the unique challenges he faced growing up—and how God delivered him from that strange world to eventually become part of the international apologetics ministry of AiG.

A former air traffic controller at Chicago’s busy O’Hare International Airport, Carl’s thrilling testimony has been shared in churches throughout America as well as many overseas locations (including Japan, Bermuda, Israel, Philippines, Mexico, Canada, and Greece).

Scott Lanser

Scott Lanser has served professionally in administrative and pastoral leadership for over 25 years. Scott was a Senior Director for the YMCA and Business Administrator of The Salvation Army where he directed youth and family programs and provided administrative oversight. He has also served in various pastoral ministries, speaking in churches and colleges, sharing his love for apologetics and providing answers to those searching for answers. At the heart of his ministry experience has been a heart for teens and young adults, helping them find answers to their questions about Jesus Christ and the truth of the word of God. Scott has written numerous popular and scholarly articles addressing the need for an absolute commitment to Jesus Christ and to have a passion to know and defend the Scriptures. Scott serves as Senior Pastor of New Hope Bible Fellowship in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Bible and Christian Education from Lancaster Bible College and holds an M.A. in New Testament Studies from Biblical Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Associates for Biblical Research.

Henry Smith

Henry B. Smith Jr. is the Director of Outreach for the Associates for Biblical Research, serving in that capacity since October 2004. Born and raised in northwestern New Jersey, he graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University in 1992. With a 13 year sales and management background, he earned an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis on Apologetics from Trinity Seminary in Indiana, graduating with high honors in 2005.

Since 2006, Henry has been enrolled in the M.A.R. program at Westminster Theological Seminary, emphasizing apologetics and Biblical languages. Henry has spoken to many churches, Sunday schools and Bible studies about the importance of archaeology as an apologetic tool in defending the authority and inerrancy of the Bible.

Henry has written several articles for ABR, including: Love God with All Your Mind, Why Do We Need ABR, Biblical Archaeology: Eternal Implications, It Feels Like 1960 and Biblical Illiteracy. He also published an extensive exegetical paper on Romans 8 in JOC entitled: Cosmic and Universal Death from Adam’s Fall, defending YEC from a theological perspective.

Henry served as a volunteer at the Hazor excavations in 2007, and was the host of the ABR Biblical Egypt Study Tour in 2008. Henry and his wife, Birzavit, currently reside in PA and have been married since 2002.

Dr. David Menton

Dr. David Menton was born in Mankato, Minnesota, and grew up as an only child in a Christian family. He was blessed to share God’s Word as a Sunday school teacher, church elder, and president of the congregation.

Since early grades Dr. Menton had a strong interest in science of all kinds. While in grade school, he converted a small room in the basement into a well-equipped chemistry laboratory. Many of the birthday and Christmas gifts he received during childhood were of a scientific nature, including a chemistry set, mineralogy collection, microscope, telescope, and binoculars.

This lifelong interest in science led to his study of biology and chemistry at Minnesota State University in Mankato, where he graduated with a BS degree in 1959. After a six month tour of active duty in the Army Reserves, Dr. Menton worked two years as a research laboratory technician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. He left Mayo to do graduate work at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he received a PhD in biology in 1966. His thesis research dealt with the effects of essential fatty acid deficiency on the structure and epidermal barrier function of skin.

Following graduation from Brown, Dr. Menton accepted a position in the department of anatomy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. At Washington University, he did research and taught human gross anatomy and histology. He received awards both for his research and teaching, including twice being awarded Professor of the Year by the senior class.

During his tenure at Washington University, Dr. Menton served as the histology consultant for five editions of Stedman’s Medical Dictionary and was a guest lecturer in histology at Stanford University Medical School. He spent two summers studying an unusual wound healing mechanism in sea cucumbers (a marine invertebrate) at Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Dr. Menton retired in the year 2000 as an Associate Professor Emeritus after 34 years on the faculty.

Shortly after retirement, Dr. Menton joined Answers in Genesis as a speaker and researcher. He now travels and speaks for AiG throughout much of the U.S. as well as overseas, including recent events in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Trinidad, Peru, and Turkey. He has also contributed numerous articles to Answers magazine and book chapters to The New Answers Book 2.

Dr. Menton is also very involved with the Creation Museum, where he works on new exhibits and gives workshops four days a week. He also conducts special workshops by arrangement for school and church groups of all ages. In the workshops he employs photographs, anatomical models, and a special video microscope to cover a wide variety of topics on life science.

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