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The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture seeks to engage culture as salt and light, presenting and defending the Christian faith and demonstrating its implications for all areas of human existence.

The Center has a two-fold purpose: (1) To convey graciously and apply effectively the Christian worldview to all areas of culture and to the human condition; (2) To encourage and support the Church in its redemptive work.

We are honored to have some of our own SEBTS Old Testament faculty act as respondents to our guest speakers. The following is a list of the guest speakers that will participate in Noah's Flood and the Age of the Earth: A Dialogue Between Old Earth and Young Earth Creationists.


Ronald C. Marks

Before coming to North Greenville University, Dr. Marks spent twenty years in the United States Air Force, where he served his country managing the acquisition of aircraft simulators, leading and participating in chemical and biological intelligence work, and teaching at the United States Air Force Academy.  At the Air Force Academy, Dr. Marks directed their largest chemical education course, with 20 faculty teaching over 1,000 students each semester. Dr. Marks retired in the rank of Major in 2002. Dr. Marks was licensed to preach by First Southern Baptist Church of Cortez, Colorado.  He has served as an ordained deacon in Baptist and IFCA Churches in Colorado, and as an ordained lay minister in Tennessee, Colorado, and Florida.  He also is a speaker on Creation issues, and has taught courses on Creation in local churches. Dr. Marks earned three academic degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville:   Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (Honors, 1982), Master of Science in Chemistry (Organic, 1988), and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (Synthetic Organic, 1994).  He is a member of the Creation Research Society, The American Chemical Society, and the Military Officers Association of America.   His research interests include The Study of Creation, the relationship of science and Christianity, computational chemistry in undergraduate education.

Gregg Davidson Gregg Davidson

Growing up in a family with two preachers (both grandfathers) and a biology professor (father) instilled Gregg Davidson with an early love for both Scripture and science. He earned a B.S. in geology from Wheaton College, and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Arizona. Graduate work at the U of A included radiocarbon dating, processing samples in the same lab that dated the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shroud of Turin. Gregg has been a professor of Geology & Geological Engineering at the University of Mississippi since 1996, and is currently serving as the chair of the department.  Dr. Davidson frequently speaks and writes on subjects related to science and Christian faith. He is the author of When Faith and Science Collide, as well as faith/science articles in journals such as Modern Reformation, and the Christian Research Journal.

Ken WolgemuthKen Wolgemuth

Ken Wolgemuth was raised in a Christian home where his father was pastor of an extension church and Professor of Chemistry at Messiah College.  He learned about Scripture as the authoritative and infallible Word of God, the Creator, and that Genesis is a description of the whowhat, and why of creation.  Science is the study of when and what God did in His creation.  Dr. Wolgemuth earned a B.S. from Wheaton College in chemistry, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in geochemistry – the discipline that includes radiometric dating methods.  He was a geology professor for seven years, and then spent the last 35 years in the oil industry, now teaching petroleum geology as an international lecturer, and a popular two-day course on Geology for Non-Geologists.  Dr. Wolgemuth founded Solid Rock Lectures in 2008 to inform Christian audiences about the geological evidence for old-earth creation.  He has given numerous lectures at colleges, universities, and churches about geology, and has co-authored a paper published in the Christian Research Journal, “How Old Is the Earth? – What God’s Creation Professes” 

Eugene ChaffinEugene Chaffin

Eugene Chaffin is a Fellow and Board Member of the Creation Research Society with over 20 years of service, and is currently on the faculty of North Greenville University, South Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from Oklahoma State University, has done postdoctoral research in Germany, served as a Naval Officer and teacher at the Naval Nuclear Power School, and has taught physics courses in Baptist-affiliated universities for more than 30 years. He was part of the nine-year Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE) project sponsored by the Institute for Creation Research and the Creation Research Society. He is married to his wife Pamela with two grown children, Josh and Sarah. 

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