Kurt Wise is director of the Center for Creation Research and Professor of Natural History at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia. Trained as an invertebrate paleontologist (B.A., University of Chicago; M.A. & Ph.D., Harvard University), Kurt Wise previously taught at Bryan College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Unlike the vast percentage of his fellow scientists, Kurt is a young-age creationist, trusting God’s word to conclude that the universe was created by God only about 6,000 years ago. Kurt has been engaged in young-age creation research in biology, geology, and paleontology for more than a quarter century. On these subjects he has authored or co-authored several dozen professional papers, scores of shorter professional articles, and numerous lay publications, including two books, Faith, Form and Time and Something From Nothing. Kurt is currently developing a college conceptual biology textbook.
Kurt has been featured in a number of publications about creationism, including Ron Numbers’ history, The Creationists. In professional creationism, he was one of the founding board members of both the Creation Biology Society and the Creation Geology Society. In the presentation of creationism to the church, he contributed the scientific content for the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky and for the Genesis 1-11 portion of the second edition (1999-2014) of Precepts Ministries’ Genesis Bible study.
Kurt is a dynamic speaker. He was a favored lecturer on the subject of a Christian worldview of science at Summit Ministries camps for fifteen years and a popular workshop leader on the subject of leadership at AWANA conferences for more than a quarter century. For more than three decades, Kurt has spoken in churches on the subject of creationism.
Kurt and his wife Marie live in Cleveland, Georgia. Having served together for thirty years in AWANA Clubs in Massachusetts, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia, Kurt and Marie currently serve in the choir at Friendship Baptist Church in Cleveland, Georgia. The Wises have two married daughters and three grandchildren.
creationism (e.g. My testimony; Why believe in young-age creationism?; The explanatory power of creation; The nature of the pre-Flood world; The floating forest theory as an example of creation theory; The geology of the Flood; Catastrophic Plate Tectonics; post-Flood recovery)
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Dr. Becky Lombard serves as Professor of Music and Fine Arts at Truett-McConnell in Cleveland, Georgia. She began her work there in August of 2010 after serving for many years as faculty at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and earlier, at the University of Mobile.
Becky first served as church pianist at the age of nine for First Baptist Church, Venice, Louisiana, and has served since that time in churches in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alabama, and now at First Baptist Church, Helen, Georgia. She has held positions as Music Associate, Minister of Music, Pianist, and Organist across that time.
Becky’s ministry of teaching and worship leading extends to conference leadership and concert ministry, as well as leading and teaching worship for events. In 1990, she began a multiple keyboard concert ministry at Dauphin Way Baptist Church in Mobile. Since that time she has aided churches across the south in putting together these special times of worship and celebration. She served for over thirty years as a Keyboard Specialist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, helping to establish their Keyboard Hymn Festivals across the state. She also has served as Convention Organist for the Louisiana and Georgia State Baptist Conventions as well as for the Southern Baptist Convention.
Dr. Lombard has written for Leadership, Southern Baptist Church Music Journal, The Communicator, The Biblical Illustrator, The Theological Educator, and Religious Studies Review. She also has presented academic papers at the National Association of Schools of Music, the Baptist Church Music Conference, and for the American Guild of Organists.
In 2005 Becky served as President of the Baptist Church Music Conference, having served on the Executive Council earlier. She has also served as Dean of the New Orleans chapter of the American Guild of Organists and as District Convener for the national organization of the AGO.
Dr. Lombard’s call to church music ministry came at an early age and drives her life work. In local church, education, and denominational work, she feels that music and her life should always be exalting God in worship, telling a lost world of their need of Jesus Christ as Savior, edifying and discipling believers, and whenever possible, administering healing to those who are hurting.
Worship, Music and Worship, Leading Worship, Keyboard Concerts, Music History and the History of Congregational Song in the Church.
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