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Speaker Biographies

Eric Hovind – (Keynote Speaker) (Creation Today – Pensacola, FL.)

Eric is the president of Creation Today & God Quest Inc. He literally grew up in creation ministry and following college in 1999 began full time ministry in creation science evangelism. Eric is the host of “Creation Today”, a weekly TV broadcast. He is a popular conference speaker and has spoken in all 50 states & 5 other nations. Eric has become one of the most popular apologetics speakers in the Quad Cities area as he has traveled to the area numerous times and spoken at various conferences, schools and churches in the area.

Tim Chaffey – (Keynote Speaker) (Answers in Genesis – Petersburg, KY.)

Tim has recently been very much involved in the famous “Ark Encounter” project that has been built in the state of Kentucky by Answers in Genesis ministries. Tim developed all of the signage throughout the Ark which describes the various scenes and displays. He is the author or the teaching series “Risen” which focuses on the evidence confirming the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. He travels and speaks for various apologetics conferences, as well as at churches and schools across the nation.

Helmut Welke – (Quad Cities Creation Science Association)

Helmet serves as the president of the Quad Cities Creation Science Association. He holds BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois and has recently retired from a fortune 200 company. In 2012 he was honored as a “Fellow” of the IIE society. Helmet lives in Bettendorf, IA. and now travels throughout the U.S. and abroad, speaking on issues related to creation and evolution.

Rick McGough – (Local Church Apologetics)

Rick served as the Senior Pastor at New Life Fellowship Assembly of God in Moline, IL. for 34 years before he stepped down in January of 2016 to pursue a full time ministry in Christian apologetics and establish “Local Church Apologetics”. He is currently writing a book, “Faith & Reason Made Simple”, that will serve as a training manual to equip believers in local churches to defend their Christian faith. Rick coordinates the “Truth Conferences” and is the coordinator of this Intelligent Faith Conference as well. He travels and speaks on creation and other apologetic issues. Rick and his wife Val live in Moline, IL.

Dave D’Armond – (Geologist/Creation Speaker & Educator)

Professional Geologist, and former evolutionist, Dave conducts lectures and seminars for churches, youth groups, home schoolers, community organizations, and radio on topics such as geology, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the fossil record, age of the earth, creation vs. evolution, science and Genesis, Noah’s Flood, the Ark, dinosaurs, cavemen, and the Ice Age.  He has also conducted hands-on science workshops for K-6, 7-12, and adults in conjunction with the “Good Science” curriculum from ICR.

Darrel Pack – (Missionary to Muslim Nations/Pastor)

Darrel has served many years on the mission field in Muslim nations. Within the Assemblies of God he is considered one of the most knowledgeable individuals in understanding Islam and the teachings of the Quran, as well as in reaching out to Muslim peoples. Darrel has also served as pastor in U.S. churches and is currently serving in the Chicago area.

Randy Hroziencik – (Radiation Therapist/Apologist)

Randy Hroziencik, a Radiation Therapist by profession, has a passion for teaching on the books of the Bible, often emphasizing Creation and Christian Evidences in his classes at Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg, Illinois.  A former skeptic, he is now an ordained seminary graduate who speaks locally on topics related to science, faith, and reason, and has spoken at both the 2015 and 2016 International Christian Evidences Conference in York, Nebraska.

Justin Hohenadel – (Children’s Worker/Dinosaur Enthusiast)

Justin works in the medical field and has had a deep interest in apologetics every since his conversion to Christ. He has been involved in ministry to boys within New Life Fellowship, the local church he attends, for a number of years. He has developed a collection related to dinosaurs and a great deal of information on the subject of dinosaurs.

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