Ken Ham is founder, President, and CEO of Answers in Genesis-USA, and of the Creation Museum and Family Discovery Center in Petersburg, KY. He has also inspired the most ambitious Creation-oriented demonstration project yet: a full-sized, all-wooden replica of Noah’s Ark, intended to show how Noah could have cared for himself, his family, and so many animals, and also how the Ark could have stayed afloat during the most violent disaster that the earth has ever known.
Education and career
He received a bachelor degree in applied science (emphasis on environmental biology) from the Queensland Institute of Technology, and a Diploma of Education from the University of Queensland. He has also received two honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Divinity from Temple Baptist College, and a Doctor of Literature from Baptist Liberty University.
He was a director of Creation Science Foundation (CSF) in Australia, an organization which he jointly founded with John Mackay. In 1987 he moved to the United States, still maintaining his links with CSF.
From 1987 to 1993, Ham worked for the Institute for Creation Research, and in 1994 set up what in 1995 became Answers in Genesis (AiG), a creation ministry dedicated to “upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse.”
In 2008 Ham was described by well known atheist and evolutionary biologist PZ Myers as a “Wackaloon” for carrying out a prayer session with members of the Pentagon. Ham responded regarding the validity of that prayer breakfast and that PZ Myers and other critics were intolerant of his position.
Today Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian conference speakers and talk show guests. (In one year alone he appeared on: Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends in the Morning; CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, ABC’s Good Morning America, the BBC, etc.)
A biblical apologist, Ken gives numerous faith-building talks to tens of thousands of children and adults each year (he receives many hundreds of invitations to speak annually) on such topics as the reliability of the Bible, how compromise over biblical authority has undermined society and even the church (which is seeing a massive exodus of young people), witnessing more effectively, dinosaurs, “races,” etc. Ken co-founded AiG in 1994 with the purpose of upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse.
Ken is the author of many books on Genesis, including the new eye-opening book Already Gone, co-authored by renowned researcher Britt Beemer on why so many young people have left the church, the best-selling The Lie: Evolution, and a number of children’s books (Dinosaurs of Eden, D is for Dinosaur, A is for Adam, etc.). Other recent co-authored books include Darwin’s Plantation: Evolution’s Racist Roots and War of the Worldviews, plus How Could a Loving God …? In 2011, Ken co-authored the provocative book Already Compromised about Christian colleges and how they treat the authority of the Bible.
Ken is heard daily on the radio feature Answers … with Ken Ham (broadcast on more than 900 stations—and dozens more worldwide), and is a frequent guest on national TV talk-show programs. Since the Creation Museum opened, he has been interviewed on CBS News Sunday Morning, The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and The PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He also writes articles for AiG’s popular website www.AnswersInGenesis.org.
Ken’s emphasis is on the relevance and authority of the book of Genesis to the life of the average Christian, and how compromise on Genesis has opened a dangerous door regarding how the culture and church view biblical authority. His Australian accent, keen sense of humor, captivating stories, and exceptional PowerPoint illustrations have made him one of North America’s most effective Christian communicators.
Ken is also able to reflect on some of the “hot button” topics of our day (e.g., the breakdown of the society and the family unit, “gay” marriage, school violence, creation/evolution in public schools, abortion, homosexual behavior, lawlessness, etc.) and relate them to the book of Genesis. In addition, he provides biblical and scientific answers to some of the most difficult questions people ask about the Christian faith, including:
- How can we reclaim the culture for biblical truths?
- Can we really trust the Bible from its very first verse?
- How can we build a biblical worldview starting with Genesis?
- How do we know there is a God?
- Are dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible?
- How can we evangelize more effectively?
- Who was Cain’s wife?
- Why do we see death and suffering (tsunamis, terrorist attacks, etc.) in this world?
Ken’s bachelor’s degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia).
In recognition of the contribution Ken has made to the church in the USA and internationally, Ken has been awarded three honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Divinity (1997) from Temple Baptist College in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Doctor of Literature (2004) from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a Doctor of Letters (2010) from Tennessee Temple University.
Ken writes articles and helps edit AiG’s Answers magazine. He has produced a number of very popular video and audio series, including the new 12-part DVD series Foundations. Another video set is Answers Academy, a 13-week Sunday school curriculum written to help participants answer the questions our Western culture is asking about the authority and accuracy of the Bible and the relevance of Genesis. Another important series, Genesis of a Legacy, was produced in 2006. This 11-session series includes Ken and his brother, Steve, and it covers topics, questions, biblical insights, and practical parenting tips meant to encourage and equip parents to raise godly children in an ungodly world.
In May of 2007, Answers in Genesis finished its high-tech and acclaimed Creation Museum and Family Discovery Center in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area (on 50 scenic acres in Petersburg, Kentucky). The brainchild of Ken Ham, the state-of-the-art facility contains dozens of world-class exhibits—including impressive animatronic dinosaur models and planetarium—which are now on display inside the 70,000-sq-ft museum. In its first three years, the Creation Museum attracted the world’s major media and over 1,000,000 guests. AiG will now be partnering to build the Ark Encounter, an attraction of nine themed areas with a full-scale Ark as its centerpiece, about 40 miles south of the museum.
Ken and his wife, Mally, reside in the Cincinnati area. They have five children and seven grandchildren.
Sources: Answers in Genesis (by permission); CreationWiki.org (GNU Free Documentation License)