Who we are: the people involved

Australia | Canada | New Zealand | South Africa | UK/Europe | United States

Note: the people listed here are the ‘public face’ of Creation Ministries International. Many others work ‘behind the scenes’ (including in some very senior roles), in both a volunteer and paid capacity, to enable us to carry out our ministry objectives. Clicking on the pictures below will take you to the (short) speaker biographies. To see the (long) creation scientist biographies, please visit that page via the ‘Info.’ menu or click on the longer biography button on the short bio page of interest.

AUSTRALIA OFFICE

Scientists/speakers

Name

Main qualification

Roles

Don Batten pic

Dr Don Batten

Ph.D. in plant science

  • Managing Director
  • Senior Scientist
  • Speaker
  • Writer/Editor
Tas Walker

Dr Tas Walker

Ph.D in Engineering, honours degree in Geology

  • Senior Staff Geologist
  • Speaker
  • Writer/Editor
  • Geological fieldwork
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Dr Pierre Jerlström

Ph.D. in Molecular Biology

  • Staff Scientist
  • Chief Editor, Journal of Creation
Peter Sparrow

Peter Sparrow

Science degree in Biology/Paleontology

  • Speaker
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Russell Grigg

M.Sc. in chemistry
Former senior editor of a major publishing house

  • Writer/Editor
Mark Harwood

Dr Mark Harwood

Ph.D. in science/engineering (satellite specialist)

  • Scientist
  • Speaker
  • Writer
Rod Walsh

Rod Walsh
(Ark Van)

Noah's Ark specialist and model builder

  • Speaker featuring the Ark Van
Dr John Hartnett

Dr John Hartnett

B.Sc., Ph.D. in Physics

  • Scientist
  • Writer
  • conference Speaker
Dr John Anderson

Dr John Anderson

M.B., B.S.; Licentiate in Theology (ThL); General Practitioner

  • Speaker
Jon o'Brien

Jonathan O’Brien

B.App.Sc (Geoscience)

  • Writer/Editor
Mark Brunacci

Dr Mark Brunacci

General Practitioner; MBBS FRACGP

  • Speaker
 Don Hardgrave

Dr Don Hardgrave

Qualified in education and theology. Vast experience in church planting, youth work & mentoring pastors

  • Speaker
Dr Geoff Downes

Dr Geoff Downes

B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D.

  • Speaker
Dr Ron Neller

Dr Ron Neller

Ph.D. (fluvial geomorphology)

  • Speaker and Writer
Jim Whitehall

Jim Whitehall

MBA (AGSM), Grad Dip, BEng (Hons), BSc Principal Solution Integrator at a multinational IT corporation

  • Speaker
Craig Russell

Craig Russell

PhD in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

  • Speaker

CANADA OFFICE

Scientists/speakers

Name

Main qualification

Roles

Richard Fangrad

Richard Fangrad

Diploma in electronics, worked in missile development and testing.

  • CEO
  • Speaker
  • Writer
  • TV show production
Matt Bondy

Matt Bondy

Hon. BMath (Computer Science), BEd (Secondary) Founded and operated a successful e-commerce software company for over 20 years.

  • COO
  • IT
  • Speaker
Jim Mason

Dr Jim Mason

Ph.D. (experimental Nuclear Physics), extensive involvement in the development of complex electronic systems.

  • Speaker
  • Writer
Gus Olsthoorn

Gus Olsthoorn

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

  • Speaker
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Thomas Bailey

BA in Drama, a BEd and a Diploma in Ministry

  • Speaker
  • Event Planning
Clarence Janzen

Clarence Janzen

BSc (Biology), BEd (Secondary), Jour Elecn (Journeyman Electrician Telecommunications)

  • Speaker
Tom Tripp

Tom Tripp

BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, MA in Biblical Creation Apologetics

  • Speaker
Jim Hughes

Jim Hughes

BA, (cum laude) Harvard University'; MA, University of British Columbia, and Ottawa Theological Hall

  • Speaker

NEW ZEALAND OFFICE

Speakers

Name

Main qualification

Roles

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Ross Peeters

B. Computing and Mathematical Sciences (Hons.)

  • CEO
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Robert Hunt

B.Tech. (Hons) (Industrial Management & Engineering)
B.Phil. (Microcomputer control systems)
Grad. Dip. in Inf. Sc. (with distinction) (Computer Science)

  • Speaker
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Mark James

B.Sc. (Hons) (Organic Chemistry)

  • Speaker

SOUTH AFRICA OFFICE

Scientists/speakers

Name

Main qualification

Roles

Robert Zins

Robert Zins

B.Sc.
Experience as a missionary in central Africa for more than ten years.

  • CEO
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Marc Ambler

Marc is an experienced business manager and was involved in starting CMI South Africa.

  • Head of Events
  • Speaker
  • Writer
  • Ministry Coordination

Pieter le Roux

M.Sc. in zoology

  • Speaker
  • Ministry Coordination

UK/EUROPE OFFICE

Scientists/speakers

Name

Main qualification

Roles

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Philip Bell

B.Sc.(Hons) zoology

  • CEO
  • Speaker
  • Writer
Dominic Statham

Dominic Statham

B.Sc.

  • Speaker
  • Writer
Phil Robinson

Phil Robinson

M.Div.

  • Speaker
  • Writer
Florin Mocanu

Florin Mocanu

M.Th. in Applied Theology

  • Speaker
Thomas Fretwell

Thomas Fretwell

M.A. in Theology

  • Speaker
  • Writer
Gavin Cox

Gavin Cox

M.A. in Biblical Studies, M.A. in Egyptology

  • Speaker
  • Writer

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OFFICE

Scientists/speakers

Name

Main qualification

Roles

Gary Bates

Gary Bates

Extensive background in corporate management and marketing.

  • CEO
  • Speaker, Writer
  • Researching
Jonathan Sarfati

Dr Jonathan Sarfati

Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry

  • Senior Scientist
  • Speaker
  • Writer/Editor
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Dr Robert Carter

Ph.D. in Marine Biology.

  • Staff scientist
  • Speaker
  • Writer
  • Researcher
Scott Gillis

Scott Gillis

Corporate Project Management
B.A. in Religious Studies

  • COO
  • Speaker
Mike Oard

Michael Oard

M.S. (atmospheric science)

  • Speaker
Shane Cessna

Shane Cessna

B.App.Sc.

  • Speaker
Lita Cosner

Lita Cosner

M. A. Cum Laude in New Testament

  • Information Officer
  • Writer
  • Research
  • Speaker
Keaton Halley

Keaton Halley

M.A. in Christian Apologetics

  • Speaker
  • Writer
  • Graphic Artist
Joel Tay

Joel Tay

Th.M, M.Div, B.Sc., Dip Biotech

  • Speaker
  • Writer
  • Research