Creation Ministries International's TV show, broadcasting internationally, brings the sort of faith building information found in the world-renowned Creation Magazine and our peer reviewed Journal of Creation in a TV format, featuring CMI-Canada's Richard Fangrad and Calvin Smith.
Creation Magazine LIVE! airs in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand and of course Canada (on Miracle Channel) as well as having been seen in South Africa and South Korea. It can be watched on many video on demand websites as well as directly from the CMI website media center.
Richard has been speaking on the creation/evolution issue since 1994 and involved with a creation oriented ministry in Canada since 1996. The Canadian CMI office began as a room in his home in late 1998. As a speaker, he is known for his easy-to understand scientific presentations.
Richard grew up in a Christian home but by high school he had many unanswered questions about creation, Genesis and the accuracy of the Bible that greatly hindered his spiritual growth. This began to change in early 1994 after he attended a creation seminar by Dr Carl Wieland (CEO of Creation Ministries International-Australia) and subscribed to Creation magazine.
Richard's professional training is in electronics. He has had the privilege of working on some of the most technologically advanced communication satellite systems at Com Dev, a world leader in this field. Shortly before joining creation ministry full-time in 1999, he worked at Raytheon Canada and was involved in the early testing phases of the first all digital radar system.
His hobbies include skydiving (8 times) and hang gliding (nearly 300 flights!).
Richard is married and lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife and children.
Calvin is a passionate and dynamic speaker that has a keen evangelistic edge to his presentations. Calvin has spoken on creation topics since 2001 at youth groups, Christian schools, churches and small groups. He has also appeared on the CTS live call-in TV program 'Nite Lite Live' several times, speaking about the creation/evolution issue. He is co-host of CMI's TV show Creation Magazine LIVE!
Formerly on the pastoral staff of a church in Guelph, ON, overseeing youth and small group ministries he saw the life-transforming effect of biblical answers that encourage people to know that God's Word can be trusted from the very first verse.
He says, "I grew up in an un-churched home. I can honestly say I was an atheist and accepted the humanist/naturalistic viewpoint that I was taught through the public school system and my environment (media, friends, siblings). I became involved in many negative behaviours and suffered from the effects of them. Looking back I can see key encounters with people that contributed to my conversion. However, it was not until I attended a few church services and had some specific stumbling blocks related to evolutionary theory removed that I answered God's call."
Calvin's hobbies include music and wrestling.
He and his wife live in Guelph, Ontario.