CEO Canopy Ministries
James Gardner is a lecturer and adjunct speaker for the
Institute for Creation Research
Answers in Genesis (AiG) as well as a former business executive. At age 33, he started an electronics business that God greatly blessed. He sold that business, retired at the age of 43, and entered full-time ministry.
Jim's extensive world travels to foreign mission fields include Europe, Asia, Australia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Jim has led teams of speakers three times to Peru to lecture in
churches, conferences and universities.
Fourteen trips for field work to the Grand Canyon, (two with
ICR) in the last 17 years have provided outstanding training on the subject of
the Grand Canyon and Noah's flood. Additional field trips to Yellowstone, the Grand Circle and Glacier National Park provided first hand experience of the geology and archeology.
Jim has extensively taught on the subject of Creation vs. Evolution in the U.S. and
internationally in churches, schools and colleges since 1993.
Jim has been married to Candy for over 30 years and they have a son, Cyrus, who
is in the United States Navy. Jim and Candy
live in Mountain City, Tennessee.
Jim is the founder and CEO of Canopy Ministries.
“The Consequences of the Path You Choose!”
“Dinosaurs and Dragons"
"Why Question Biblical Authority"
"Fossils, Grand Canyon and the Flood"
"Aliens, UFO's and Incredible Creatures"
"The Relevance of Creation"
“The Mystery of Ancient Man”
“Using Their Own Words Against Them!”
“The Fallen World”
Clay Brinson, D.V.M.
Clay Brinson earned his B.S., M.S. and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. He is the founder and Medical Director of Highlands Veterinary Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia.
Dr. Brinson has extensively traveled to many parts of the world including Australia, New Zealand and Israel. He has done field work with
ICR at the
Grand Canyon, Mount St. Helens and Israel. He is in high demand as a
teacher, especially for churches, Sunday schools and youth groups. His broad-based knowledge of the
creation/evolution controversy makes him the ideal general speaker.
A long time supporter of
AiG, Clay has been married to Gayle for over 30 years. They have three adult children, Travis, Dana and Courtney, and live in Abingdon, Virginia.
Clay is a board member of Canopy Ministries.
“One Blood – The Biblical Answer to Racism”
“What Is Truth, Really?”
“The Relevance of Creation!”
“Where Did All the Races Come From?”
Alan White, Ph.D.
Alan White earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the
University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry
from Harvard University in 1981. He worked for 30 years at
Eastman Chemical Company and reached the rank of Research
Fellow. Alan spent his career at Eastman working in Research
and Development in the fields of organic and polymer
chemistry. Among his achievements are the discovery of a
commercial biodegradable polymer and the improvement of many
commercial polymer processes, including the new IntegrexTM
technology for producing PET, the soft drink bottle polymer.
Alan has been granted 41 U.S. patents and is an author on 18
scientific publications. He has recently retired to spend
more time in research, writing and speaking in the area of
After graduation from Harvard, Dr. White became very
interested in investigating whether there is any conflict
between what we see in nature and what we read in the Bible.
His investigation over these many years has led to a
stronger faith in the truth of the Bible and a desire to
share his understanding of these issues with others. Alan
has taught in many venues in the US and has been on three
creation lecture tours to Peru.
Alan has been married to Eileen for 37 years, and they have
three adult children. Alan is a native of northeast
Tennessee and is a board member of Canopy Ministries.
Alan enjoys speaking on these popular topics:
How Did Life Begin? Were you made by a random,
natural process, or were you made by a supernatural process
of creation? How you answer to this important question
dramatically affects how you live your life. The scientific
evidence related to the question of whether we evolved or
were created is examined during this presentation. The
evidence points to your being a special creation of God.
“The Wonder of the Stars” Stars are the most massive
objects in the universe, and their number is beyond measure.
The marvelous processes by which our star, the sun, provides
the heat and the light we need will be revealed. Scientists
have recently discovered that these massive stars produce
tiny invisible particles called neutrinos which have a
surprising characteristic. This universe is beyond our
comprehension, and certainly does declare the glory of God.
“The Marvelous Design of the Human Body” Your body is
the most complicated object in the universe. Each of your
organ systems works perfectly with all the others. Every
part of your body is made of complicated chemical
structures. These chemicals are made of even smaller
particles. Did you know that you are mostly made of quarks?
Did you know that God’s nature can be seen in these tiny
“Is The Bible Consistent With Modern Scientific
Discoveries?” The Bible claims to be the truth, the
whole truth and nothing but the truth. However, many would
say that the Bible can’t be trusted when it comes to
scientific issues. Which of these views is correct? During
this presentation, the scientific evidence will be examined
to see if it is consistent with biblical claims of the
creation of human life in the beginning, a global flood, the
collapse of the walls at Jericho, and the destruction of
Sodom and Gomorrah. There is strong scientific evidence in
support of biblical truth. It is reasonable to conclude that
the Bible is inspired by God, that God understands science,
and that the science in the Bible can be trusted.
“Dinosaurs” During this presentation you will get
answers to the common questions about those terrible
lizards, such as...Did dinosaurs really live at the same
time with man? How did they get those large creatures on the
ark? Have the dinosaurs been extinct for 65 million years?
You will hear the surprising recent evidence that challenges
the conventional wisdom about the dinosaurs!
“Radiometric Dating” Many believe that radiometric
dating experiments have conclusively proven that the earth
is 4.54 billion years old. During this presentation, the
limits of carbon dating and the other radiometric dating
methods will be discussed along with the assumptions on
which the methods are based. It is not possible to
conclusively prove what happened in the distant past.
Whatever you believe about this is a matter of faith.
All of these presentations can be tailored to fit a
particular timeframe and a particular audience, whether in a
secular or religious setting.
Steve Falling, Ph.D.
|Steve Falling earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1979 from the University of California, Berkeley. He has
worked in the chemical industry for over 30 years in the research, development and production of organic chemicals. He has
40 U.S. patents and several scientific publications.
During college he worked at NASA, Ames Research Center in
Mountain View, California.
Steve is interested in the evidence found in the fossil record. As an organic chemist, he sees the impossibility of molecules-to-man evolution. He especially loves nature photography and outdoor activities where he can enjoy God’s creation. His emphasis is on pointing out nature’s evidence of the Creator and showing the flaws of evolutionary explanations.
Steve is a member of the
Creation Research Society.
Steve and Julie have been married for 38 years and have two adult children
and two grandchildren.
Steve is a board member of Canopy Ministries and he maintains
the CanopyMinistries.org website.
Paul Bufford, D.Min.
Paul Bufford earned his B.A. with honors from Bob Jones University and earned his Masters Degree in Education with honors from Dallas Theological Seminary. He
completed his Doctor of Ministry at Reformed Theological Seminary.
Since 1978, Paul has been and still is the much loved and respected Pastor of
Abingdon Bible Church. Countless believers have grown under his discipleship and shepherding at Abingdon Bible. A passionate believer in the historical and scientific accuracy of the Bible, he is a great teaching pastor. Paul has done extensive research on the authority of the Bible and is particularly qualified to address the early chapters of Genesis. He even taught a 28 week series on Genesis 1-11 to equip his son with a solid foundation prior to his entering university science classes.
Paul has been married to Trudy for 36 years. They have three adult children, Betsy, Julie, and Josh,
and live in Abingdon, Virginia.
“The Six Days of Creation”
“The Divine Plan for Marriage”
“The Death Penalty”
“The Image of God in Man”
Stephen Denton, D.V.M.
|Stephen Denton graduated with honors from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Biology. In 1992 he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1983 he completed an Equine Medicine and Surgery Internship at Ontario Veterinary College. He currently owns Abingdon Equine Veterinary Services.
Dr. Denton has studied Intelligent Design and
biblical creationism since 1996 and has done field studies with the
Institute for Creation Research at both
the Grand Canyon and Mount St. Helens. He has taught in a number of venues, but has a particular passion about sharing the scientific evidence for
creation with children, youth, and young adults.
Steve, his wife Angela and son Luke live in Abingdon, Virginia.
“Mount Saint Helens”
“The Created Kinds”
Steven Merrill, M.D.
Merrill is a medical doctor specializing in
Family Practice. He has practiced in Taylorsville,
North Carolina for 27 years. He graduated from medical school at Ohio State
University and then from Family Practice Residency
at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He has done medical missionary work in
jungles and cities of South America as well as in
Russia and Romania. He presently supports a
mission to orphans and street children of Romania.
His special interest is teaching about early
civilizations and the spiritual warfare that
occurred during that time. This ancient clash
provided the groundwork for the anti-Christian
worldview present in today's culture.
Topics on which he commonly teaches
1) The 'mystery of iniquity,' and
how it has propagated from Nimrod's time to today.
2) Which came first - polytheism
or monotheism? Evolutionists and Biblical
creationists have differing views on this subject.
3) The connection of Nimrod's
rebellion in Genesis 10 to today's crisis in the
4) The ancient origins of
evolution, abortion, and false religions.
5) Biblical and historical
evidence for the existence of dinosaurs after the
Nathan Merrill, M.D.
Merrill a recently-graduated medical doctor.
He currently is awaiting residency in family practice. He
completed his undergraduate studies in Biology, Chemistry,
and Greek at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He also
attended a year of Bible school at Word of Life Bible Institute
in Schroon Lake, New York. He has done medical missions in
Argentina, Venezuela, Romania, and Russia. Currently he is the
director of a mission to orphans and street children in Sibiu,
Romania. His special interests include the philosophy of
evolutionary thinking and teaching about ancient civilization.
"Cloning and the perfect human"
"Philosophy of Post-modern Science"
"Technology of Ancients"
"Origins of Evolution"
Bruce Hicks, B.S.
Bruce Hicks earned his B.S. in Biology and Environmental Health from East Tennessee State University. Bruce retired with over 30 years of credited service in the Environmental Health Program with the Virginia Department of Health.
At ETSU, scientific training and evolutionary indoctrination
almost destroyed Bruce’s faith, but belief in the authority and
truth of the Bible in matters of history and science prevailed.
Now Bruce has a passion to help young people and adults
understand this also.
Bruce is a native of Virginia and is married to Margaret Payne Hicks, formerly of Morristown, Tennessee. They reside in Abingdon, Virginia
and have a married son in Raleigh, North Carolina and a married daughter in Richmond, Virginia.
"Frauds and Misrepresentations of Evolution"
"The Global Flood"
"Dinosaurs and Your
"Race and Evolution - The
Dispersion at Babel"
Mark Franjione, B.S.
Mark Franjione earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics & Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a Senior Software Engineer for Host Engineering, Inc., Jonesborough,
Tennessee, developing Microsoft Windows based software tools for the
industrial automation market.
In 2002 Mark also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Life
Christian University, Tampa, Florida.
Mark grew up in a church that baptized infants, but he became a believer as a teenager during a service when he renewed his baptismal promises. He says “I chose that day that
what I said I believed was truly what I believed. He was baptized as an adult in 1995 when he learned the importance of a public declaration of Jesus Christ as his
Savior. Mark has come to understand the true importance of knowing Jesus Christ, not only as his Savior, but also as his Creator.
As a mathematician, Mark appreciates the mathematical impossibility of evolution. He has
written a software program which illustrates population growth
James Denton, M.D.
James Denton graduated from Abingdon High School in 1972 and then earned his B.A. in chemistry with a minor in Biology from Virginia Tech. He earned his M.D. from the University of Virginia and then a
surgical degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1985. He also earned a degree in
vascular surgery from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Denton currently practices in Abingdon, VA as he has for many years. Much respected as a surgeon, Dr. Denton has also served as
president of the Virginia Surgical Society.
The incredible complexity of the human body has convinced Dr. Denton that evolution of such a wonderful design is impossible.
He often teaches in Sunday school classes and has a particular burden for teaching the truth about origins.
Jim has been married to Kenyon Marie for over 26 years and
three adult children. They live in Abingdon, Virginia.
Brad Dayvolt, B.S.
Brad Dayvolt earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1976.
Originally from Evansville, Indiana, Brad has worked at Eastman Chemical Company for
34 years and is currently a Senior Technical Associate.
His interest in creation science and origin issues is
wide-ranging. His passion, however, is for helping to expose
evolution as the greatest scientific and spiritual hoax of all
time, and then pointing hoax victims to the truth of God’s word.
He serves in logistical support and as an occasional speaker and teacher for local creation ministry efforts. He resides with his wife in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Glenn Shoaf, Ph.D.
Glenn Shoaf earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from
North Carolina State University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Chemical
Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986.
He is currently a Senior Development Associate at Eastman
Chemical Company where he has worked for 17 years in engineering
research and development.
Glenn is the father of four
children, ages 6 to 15. He and his wife home-school
their children in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
“The Genesis Flood and the Ark”
Charles Jackson, Ed.D.
Charles Jackson earned his B.S. in Biology and his M.S. in Environmental Biology as well as a M.Ed. from George Mason University. He earned his Doctorate in Science Education from the University of Virginia in 1994.
Dr. Jackson has spent 25 years teaching science & science education, including at the university level. His extensive teaching experience makes him an expert in the area of Public Education.
Charles is a lifetime member of
Creation Research Society, a charter member
East Tennessee Creation Science Association,
the founder of
Points of Origins Ministries,
a staff member of
Creation Truth Foundation, and a lifetime member of Mensa.
Dr. Jackson is especially interested and gifted in
teaching young people the truth of the Biblical record of
creation and the lie of evolution. Charles was one of the
team members on the 2005 lecture tour in Peru.
Dr. J and his wife Bonnie live in Noble, Oklahoma.
“Where Did Information Come From?”
“Science In The Classroom”
“Philosophy of Science”
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