James Gardner accepted Christ as a young child in Thailand where his parents were missionaries. But being raised in a Christian home did not make him immune to the teaching of evolution. When Jim entered public school upon returning from the mission field and encountered evolution in his science classes, he just received it as it was taught. He failed to see the relevance of the creation/evolution controversy for many years until personal tragedies struck both his family and his wife’s family. As they began to question the meaning of life, they became aware Ken Ham’s book, The Lie: Evolution. After reading The Lie, Jim realized that evolution and the Bible could not be mixed. He and his wife joined several ICR tours and spent over 15 years studying the scientific evidence supporting creation.
At age 33 he started an electronics business that God greatly blessed. He sold that business and retired at the age of 43 and entered full-time ministry, founding Canopy Ministries as a means to share what he learned through the years. Today, he lectures across the country and around the world, both for his own ministry and for AiG and ICR. Extensive world travels to foreign mission fields include Europe, Asia, Australia, the Pacific, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Eight trips for field work to Grand Canyon in the last 10 years have provided outstanding training on the subject of Grand Canyon and the global flood. Additional field trips to the Grand Circle, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier National Parks, Chichen-Itza, Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Angkor Wat have provided firsthand experience in geology and archeology.
Jim has extensively taught on the subject of creation vs. evolution in the US and internationally in churches, schools, and colleges since 1993. Married to Candy for over 23 years, they have a son, Cyrus, whom they homeschool in their Mountain City, Tennessee, home.