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 to enter full-time ministry, founding Canopy Ministries as a means to share what he learned through the years. A pilot, Jim flies a small aircraft and 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. Fifteen trips for field work, three for ariel survey flying small aircraft, covering the Grand Circle and Grand Canyon in the last 17 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 archaeology. Recent trips to Rome, Ephesus, and Israel (especially Masada) have provided much additional first hand experience of how historical science and the Bible agree.
Jim has extensively taught on the subject of creation vs. evolution in the U.S. and internationally in churches, schools, and colleges since 1993. Married to Candy for over 30 years, they live in Mountain City, Tennessee, and have a son, Cyrus, who is in the United States Navy.