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The 2022 Faith and Science Conference Sessions

This conference was held in Nauvoo, Illinois on May 27-28, 2022. Speakers from around the country spoke on topics of Faith & Science.

(All presentations may be viewed by clicking on the title)


Robert Wright: What Happened to Hope

How has the teaching of evolution and scientism affected the youth of today? Are these theories simply differences of opinion? And can Science and Faith teach the same truth?

Dr. Wright addresses these questions in his presentation, What Happened to Hope? This timely presentation can be a rallying call for parents, leaders, and teachers seeking to better prepare a generation for the challenges to come before the return of the Savior and serves as the theme for the conference.


Randy Hroziencik: Nothing New Under the Sun

In this presentation, Randy discusses the fallacy that evolutionary thinking began with Charles Darwin in the middle of the nineteenth century. Instead, molecules-to-man evolutionism is an ancient philosophy, having begun prior to the Greeks and continuing on throughout the centuries to the present time.  Join us for a journey through the centuries as we explore the history behind the creation-evolution debate.

Doug Bennett: The Genesis Flood

This talk takes an in-depth look at the Flood and how it could have happened. It examines the evidence of a worldwide flood and explains how the flood produced the features that we see today.

Helmut Welke: Human Genetics and the Bible

A fascinating and dynamic presentation on DNA includes some recent findings and how they relate to mutations. This talk is for the average layperson. It explains clearly the impact the Fall and curse of sin have had on our genome - which is clearly illustrated in modern genetics.

Ted Wright: The Mount Ebal Curse Tablet

Archaeologist Dr. Scott Stripling discovered the earliest proto-alphabetic Hebrew text — including the name of God, “YHWH” — ever discovered in ancient Israel. It was found at Mount Ebal, known from Deuteronomy 11:29 as a place of curses. Archaeologist Ted Wright presents information on this discovery.

Robert Wright: It’s OK to Believe

This review of recent scientific discoveries provides an overview of several areas of recent research in science that operate in complete harmony with faith and the Biblical account.

An overview of recent work by Nathanael Jeansen reveals the important correlations between DNA and Biblical history.

In 2005, Dr. Mary Schweitzer discovered soft tissue inside the femur of a dinosaur bone. Although initially controversial, more discoveries followed. In 2012, Dr. Mark Armitage dug out a large section of a triceratops brow horn in Hell Creek, Montana. The interior of the horn contained soft tissue that was stretchy and pliable. Further research revealed bone cells, nerves, and veins.

Dr Wright worked in Dr. Armitage’s lab in 2021 and shares his experience with Dr. Armitage’s findings in the exciting new field of Dinosaur Soft Tissue and its implications for Christians who believe in the Biblical Flood of Noah.

Dr Wright also reviews the research of Jefferson Williams, a Paleoseismolgist, who conducted research on a quake that occurred in 30-33 AD near Jerusalem, often referred to as the Crucifixion quake. Dr. Wright shares his experiences with Jefferson, and explores the impact of this new research.

This work, along with new research in genetics, geology, and anthropology, demonstrates the truth of the statement, “It’s OK to believe.”

Byron Schafer: Did Dinosaurs and Man Coexist?

This presentation traces evidence through time, many different cultures, and scripture that dinosaurs did indeed live concurrently with man.

Randy Hroziencik: The Mystery of Ancient Man

According to evolutionists, ancient man was a dim-witted brute who possessed no appreciable knowledge or skills whatsoever.  However, the further back we look into the archaeological record, the more amazing are the accomplishments of ancient man.  This only makes sense in light of the biblical worldview, and does not fit in with evolutionary thinking.  Join us as we survey the amazing technological accomplishments of ancient man, and tie this into the Genesis account of origins.

Doug Bennett: The Secrets of Peru

A look at the incredible technology that existed in the ancient past of Peru.  Engineering and medical technologies top the list.  See the amazing evidence that man and dinosaurs lived and interacted together.  Evidence from Peru truly defies and destroys the theory of evolution.  


Brian Johnson: The Evolution of Collecting Habits

Ted Wright: The Archaeology of Mt Ararat

Professor Wright reviews the latest archaeological evidence discovered at Mt. Ararat and confirmation of the Biblical record.

Robert Wright: The Same Jesus

How has the role of Jesus Christ as Creator strengthened believers throughout human existence? In this important presentation, Dr. Wright explains how the Jesus we know from the New Testament is the same Jesus who created the world. Learn how the events of creation are mirrored and fulfilled by the actions of Christ during his mortal ministry. The God of creation walked among the people of the Holy Land and demonstrated that He was the author of everything in creation. This understanding will strengthen believers and help us identify God's attributes in our world and experience.

The 2022 Faith and Science Conference Speakers

Ted Wright

Ted Wright currently serves as the founder and Executive Director of He has a B.A. in Anthropology & Archaeology from the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University, and a M.A. degree in Christian apologetics with a concentration in philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary, where he served as a graduate research assistant to Dr. Norman Geisler. For over a decade, Ted has been a speaker on Christian apologetics as well as Biblical Archaeology across North America & internationally. In addition to public speaking, Ted was the former Executive and Teaching Director of, the apologetics ministry of Frank Turek. Ted has also appeared on numerous television and radio programs including the History Channel’s TV miniseries – “Mankind: The Story of All of Us” (2012), “Mankind Decoded” (2013), and CNN’s miniseries on the historical Jesus, titled, “Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery” (2015). He has also appeared on ABR’s TV program “Digging for Truth.”

Ted has also served as adjunct professor of apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary, and Charlotte Christian College & Theological Seminary, where he has taught for over a decade. As an undergraduate at MSU, Ted worked as a research lab assistant on Phase III (1992-1999) of the Lahav Research Project from Tel Halif, organized by Dr. Joe D. Seger of the Cobb Institute and assisted by the W. F. Albright Institute in Jerusalem. Ted also participated in the 2014 excavation at Khirbet el-Maqatir (Biblical site of Ai) with ABR (Associate for Biblical Research) as assistant square supervisor. Ted is also an associate with ABR as well. He is currently working as field assistant, photographer, and videographer for the “Agri Regional Archaeological Survey” in Eastern Turkey, co-sponsored by Andrews University and Istanbul University.

In his free time Ted enjoys fly-fishing, cycling, hiking and mountain climbing.

Helmut Welke

Helmut is a recently retired engineering manager with a Fortune 100 company. He holds BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois and has held positions in a variety of national and international assignments. He is a certified engineering manager, and in 2006 was elected to the board of trustees of IISE - an international society serving the Industrial and Systems Engineering profession. In 2012 he was honored as a “Fellow” of the IISE society.

Helmut is also president of the Quad-City Creation Science Association. Founded in 2008 they are dedicated to telling the truth in science education. He is a member of the Creation Research Society and has recently been named an Ambassador/Speaker for Logos Research Associates.

In recent years he has become a popular speaker on Creation Science topics as well as Atheism and Intelligent Design. He has spoken to churches, youth groups, on college campuses and to civic organizations throughout the USA, but also in France, Germany, Hungary, and Poland.


Randy Hroziencik

After 34 years as a Radiation Therapist, Randy has recently changed careers and works as a hospice chaplain, a pulpit supply pastor, and a fitness trainer specializing in senior health and fitness.  (Among other things!)  Randy is ordained through his home church, Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg, Illinois, and earned a joint Master of Arts-Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from Trinity College of the Bible in Newburgh, Indiana.  Randy speaks in the area of Christian evidences, often addressing the creation-evolution debate in his presentations.  He is the author of Worldviews in Collision: The Reasons for One Man's Journey from Skepticism to Christ and Nothing New Under the Sun: The Battle Over Origins from the Ancient World to the Present.  Randy and his wife, Deb, have a son and daughter as well as five granddaughters, all living in Galesburg.

Douglas Bennett

Douglas J. Bennett was raised in a Christian home on a farm in Southern Idaho.  Doug accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at an early age.  He attended Boise State University where he received Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology (1982) and Earth Science Education (1990).  He also received a Master’s Degree in Geology (emphasis Engineering Geology) in 1996.  Mr. Bennett has worked in precious metals exploration for about 10 years.  Recently retired from 29 years as an engineering geologist for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, working primarily in the Pacific Northwest region.  He is also a member of the National Association of Engineering Geologists and is a Licensed Professional Geologist and Registered Engineering Geologist.  He has spoken nationally and internationally in the engineering geology field.

Doug currently lives in Nampa, Idaho with his wife, Cindi, of 36 years. They have 5 children and 12 grandkids.

Mr. Bennett was the Founder and a Director of the Northwest Science Museum (NWSM).  NWSM was natural history museum whose vision was to present "Natural History" from both a naturalistic and a Biblical point of view.  The Museum was devoted to understanding and explaining origins, history and our present world as revealed by scientific discovery interpreted through the worldview of Biblical truth. 

Mr. Bennett is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Ark of Noah Ministries. This worldwide ministry aims to plant creation museums in key locations around the world. The design is a full-scale Noah’s Ark that will combine Biblical creation with evidence for creation specifically from each location. Mr. Bennett is currently working in Peru, Mexico, Italy, and Kenya.

Mr. Bennett has taught classes in Creation/Evolution at Calvary Chapel in Boise, Idaho, where he has attended for the last 34 years.  He has spoken nationally and internationally on creation geology. He also speaks at area schools, homeschool groups and churches on origins, rocks, fossils and dinosaurs. He also leads creation field trips both locally (Western U.S.) and internationally (Peru).

Mr. Bennett was an Adjunct Professor at George Fox University at the Boise Satellite Facility until it closed in 2014, where he taught general geology classes.    

Mr. Bennett taught at Calvary Chapel Bible College Cajamarca, Peru, from 2015 to 2017.  He taught a class entitled The Bible and Science. He was a past member of the Board of Directors of Foundations In Genesis of Idaho (FIGI), whose goal is to support the church in fulfilling the great commission.  FIGI is a Christian fellowship of scientists and laypeople devoted to understanding and explaining origins, history, and our present world as revealed by scientific discovery interpreted through the worldview of Biblical truth.


Robert Wright, Ph.D.

With his wife Carol, Dr. Wright is the founder of The Flood Museum in Nauvoo, Illinois, and creator of, which distributes information to strengthen the faith of believers and those who want to believe. He is the author of A Flood of Hope: It’s OK to Believe. 

Dr. Wright served as a nuclear engineer on fast-attack submarines in the US Navy. He received his Master's Degree in Theological Studies and his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. He has been a featured presenter at conferences in the US and Europe.

He and his wife Carol founded The Flood Museum in Nauvoo, Illinois. They have been married for over forty years and have six children and seven grandchildren.


Brian Johnson

Brian D. Johnson, an avocational paleontologist for over thirty years, has an elementary education degree from Bob Jones University and was a scientific Illustrator for numerous Christian elementary and secondary science textbooks. He is currently lead scenic fabricator at the Indiana State Museum. Brian lives in Nashville, Indiana.

Byron Schafer

Byron Schafer is a registered nurse at OSF St Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois. He holds two Bachelor's degrees, one in biology (University of Illinois) and one in nursing (Western Governor’s University). He has been interested in creation topics for many years. Byron has been able to give presentations at Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg and at Greenville University. Byron lives at home with his wife as empty-nesters, They have two children, both married. In his spare time, Byron enjoys being out in nature and working in his hobby blacksmith shop.

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