2023 Conference Speakers

Dr. Gordon Wilson

Dr. Wilson is a senior fellow of natural history at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. He earned an MS in entomology from the University of Idaho and a PhD from George Mason University in environmental science and public policy.

Dr. Wilson is the narrator of the popular nature documentary series The Riot and the Dance and is the author of a biology textbook of the same name. He is the author of the book “A Different Shade of Green” (Canon Press, 2019), and a contributing writer for Answers Magazine.

Chris W. Ashcraft

Chris Ashcraft is a Christian educator employed as a high school science teacher at Cedar Park Christian Schools in Bothell, WA as well as adjunct professor at NW University. He provides instruction in Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biotechnology, and Creation Apologetics.

Formerly, Chris was a biology research technician specialized in plant tissue culture and genetic transformation technology. He was employed at the Cotton Fiber Production Laboratory at Texas Tech University and the Plant Transformation Facility at Oklahoma State University, and lastly was the Plant Transformation Specialist for EDEN Bioscience in Bothell Washington.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology from Wayland Baptist University in 1989, a Master of Science in biology from Texas Tech University in 1996, a Master of Education from the University of Washington in 2008, and a Master in Teaching Math and Science from Seattle Pacific University in 2012.

Chris moved from research science into the teaching profession to serve God in Christian education. His decision was motivated by the impact that secular science is having on people of faith. Today, close to 50% of Christian students lose their belief in God while attending secular schools. This tendency could be lessened if the Church was better equipped to defend the authority of Biblical teachings (1 Peter 3:15). To be prepared for these challenges, it is important that Churches provide regular educational programs on creation and other Bible apologetics.

Chris is the founder of the Northwest Creation Network and organizer of the monthly Apologetics Symposium and the Seattle Creation Conference. He is also the founder and senior administrator of the CreationWiki internet encyclopedia of apologetics.

Mr. William “Bill” Hoesch

Mr. Hoesch earned a B.A. in Geology from the University of Colorado and a M.S. in Geology from the Institute for Creation Research. In between these degrees he worked for seven years in petroleum exploration, both as engineer and geologist. Since earning his master’s degree, he served as a missionary for one year in China and then 17 years at the Institute for Creation Research in southern California – as information officer, speaker, tour-leader, and research assistant. Outdoor education, mostly leading tour groups to Grand Canyon has been Bill’s focus for the past several years. In 2021 he was called to become the Director of the Mount St. Helens Creation Center where he has served since October of that year.

J.D. Mitchell, P.E., MBS

J.D. Mitchell is a retired registered professional engineer and has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington. He has also completed his Master of Biblical Studies in Biblical Creation Apologetics from Master's Graduate School of Divinity.

He was Executive Director of the Institute for Creation Science that met monthly in Portland, Oregon from 2005 through 2018. He does creation science research, writes, and speaks regarding the creation versus evolution controversy as a part of his creation science ministry, Creation Engineering Concepts (www.creationengineeringconcepts.org). He is a member of the Design Science Association of Oregon and the Creation Research Society.

J.D. has been studying the scientific and biblical evidence regarding the origins controversy since 1984 when he was converted from a theistic evolutionist to a born again Christian. His free monthly email newsletter “CEC News” is designed to keep subscribers up to date on the latest news and articles regarding Biblical Creation Apologetics and his ministry. His wife, Bonnie, assists him in his ministry.