Answers in Genesis
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Answers in Genesis ("AiG"), was organized to uphold and proclaim the authority and accuracy of the Bible from its very first verse. AiG provides seminars, a new Creation Museum, lectures and debates to the general public, colleges, universities and churches on the topics of Biblical apologetics. The goal of AiG is to support the Church in fulfilling its commission. The strategic plan of AiG is to provide answers from Genesis to make Jesus Christ, our Creator and Redeemer, relevant to the Church and world today.
PO Box 510
2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd, Petersburg KY 41080
Hebron, KY 41048-1048
Phone: (859) 727-2222
CEO/President: Mr. Ken Ham
Chairman: Pastor Craig Baker
Board size: 9
Founder: Mr. Ken Ham
Ruling year: 1993
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 06/30
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 1998
Answers in Genesis ("AiG") was organized to uphold and proclaim the authority and accuracy of the Bible from its very first verse.
AiG provides seminars, owns and operates two attractions the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, publishes a quarterly magazine ("Answers"), offers a video-streaming platform (Answers.tv), produces a daily radio program, and gives lectures and debates to the general public, colleges, universities and churches on the topics of Biblical apologetics. The goal of AiG is to support the Church in fulfilling its commission. The strategic plan of AiG is to provide answers from Genesis to make Jesus Christ, our Creator and Redeemer, relevant to the Church and world today.
AiG uses the following to express its mission statement: GOAL:
TO SUPPORT THE CHURCH IN FULFILLING ITS COMMISSION.
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the earth". Matthew 28: 18-20
"And he gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ". Ephesians 4:11-12
MISSION: TO BRING REFORMATION BY RESTORING THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR FAITH WHICH ARE CONTAINED IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS.
"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Psalm 11:3
"And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: Thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in". Isaiah 58:12
STRATEGIC PLAN: TO PROVIDE ANSWERS FROM GENESIS TO MAKE JESUS CHRIST, OUR CREATOR AND REDEEMER, RELEVANT TO THE CHURCH AND WORLD TODAY.
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created". Revelation 4:11
"And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou has redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. Revelation 5:9
Statement of faith
In order to preserve the function and integrity of the Answers in Genesis (AiG) ministry (and its various attractions and outreaches, both domestic and international) in its mission to proclaim the absolute truth and authority of Scripture and to provide a biblical role model to our employees and to the global body of Christ, the community, and society at large, it is imperative that all persons employed by the AiG ministry in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to our Statement of Faith and conduct themselves accordingly.
The Triune God
There is one God, self-existent and eternal, infinitely perfect, the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all things (Genesis 1:1, 1:23, 2:1-4; Deuteronomy 6:4, 33:27; Psalm 22:28, 103:19, 147:5; Isaiah 40:28, 45:18; Daniel 5:21; 2 Samuel 22:31; Nehemiah 9:6; Ecclesiastes 12:1-6; Matthew 5:48, 28:18; Mark 12:29-34; John 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Romans 16:26; Colossians 1:16-17, 2:3; Hebrews 1:1-3, 9:14; 2 Peter 4:9; Revelation 1:8, 4:11). The Godhead is triune: one God, three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each Person is fully God, their glory equal and their majesty coeternal (Genesis 1:1-2; Matthew 3:15-17; John 1:1-3).
For his own glory and by his own decree, the triune God created heaven and earth, time, and all things, visible and invisible, living and nonliving, material and nonmaterial (Genesis 1:1-2:3; Exodus 20:11, 31:17; Isaiah 46:9-10; Nehemiah 9:6; 1 Timothy 1:17; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 22:13).
Our Lord Jesus Christ, the uncreated Creator and only begotten Son of God, took on human flesh to be fully man without ever ceasing to be fully God (Luke 24:39; John 1:1-3, 1:14, 1:18, 3:16, 8:58; Colossians 1:16; Acts 2:22; 1 Corinthians 15:47; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 1:1-3).
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life (Isaiah 7:14, 53:4-6; Matthew 1:16-23; John 8:29, 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-22). Jesus died on the cross, making a full and satisfactory atonement for man's sin. (Matthew 1:16-23; Luke 1:30-31; John 19:30; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Hebrews 9:11-12, 10:12-14; 1 Peter 1:17-18; 1 John 2:2).
Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, ascended to heaven, is currently seated at the right hand of God the Father as our Intercessor, and shall return in person (bodily and visibly) to this earth as Judge of the living and the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-5; Acts 17:31; Ephesians 1:17-23; 2 Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 7:25).
The scientific aspects of creation are important but are secondary in importance to the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ as Sovereign, Creator, Redeemer, and Judge (1 Corinthians 15:3-5).
The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, is Lord and Giver of life, who glorifies our Lord Jesus Christ and convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 15:26, 16:8-11, 16:14).
The Holy Spirit's work is necessary for sinners to repent and believe in Jesus Christ through the gospel call (Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 2:6-14, 12:3; Titus 3:3-7). The Holy Spirit lives and works in each believer to produce the fruits of righteousness (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8, 4:31; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:18-20; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 2:19-22).
The Triune God has revealed himself in Scripture in the male gender with masculine pronouns and masculine titles such as Father, Son, God, King, Priest, and Prophet (Psalm 5:2; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26).
Scripture The 66 books of the Bible are the unique, written Word of God. The Bible is divinely inspired, inerrant, infallible, supremely authoritative, and sufficient in everything it teaches. Its assertions are factually true in all the original autographs. Its authority is not limited to spiritual, religious, or redemptive themes but includes its assertions in such fields as history and science (Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Revelation 22:18-19). The final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself (Proverbs 8:8-9; Matthew 12:3-5, 19:4, 22:31; Mark 7:13, 12:10, 12:26; Luke 6:3; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
All things necessary for our salvation are expressly and clearly taught in Scripture (foundation of the gospel: Genesis 1:1, 1:31, 3:17-19; Romans 5:12, 3:23; presenting the gospel: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 6:23, 10:9; John 3:14-18; Acts 16:30-31; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 5:1-2).
Origins and History
The account of origins presented in Genesis 1-11 is a simple but factual presentation of actual events, and therefore, provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, the earth, and the universe. The various original life forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct, supernatural, creative acts of God (i.e., not by natural, physical processes over millions of years). The living descendants of any of the original kinds (apart from man) may represent more than one species today, reflecting the genetic potential within each original kind. Only limited biological changes (including mutational deterioration) have occurred naturally within each kind since creation (i.e., one kind does not change over time into a different kind: Genesis 1:11-12, 1:21, 1:24-25, 30:37-42; 1 Corinthians 15:39).
The great flood of Genesis was an actual historic event, worldwide (global) in its extent and catastrophic in its effects. At one stage during the flood, the waters covered the entire surface of the whole globe with no land surface being exposed anywhere-the flood of Noah is not to be understood as any form of local or regional flood. The Noachian flood was a significant geological event, and most fossiliferous sediments were deposited at that time (Genesis 7:19-20; 2 Peter 3:5-7).
Scripture teaches a recent origin of man and the whole creation, with history spanning approximately 4,000 years from creation to Christ. The days in Genesis do not correspond to geologic ages but are six consecutive, 24-hour days of creation; the first day began in Genesis 1:1, and the seventh day, which was also a normal 24-hour day, ended in Genesis 2:3 (Genesis 1:1-2:3; Exodus 20:8-11, 31:17; Hebrews 4:3-4). The gap theory, progressive creation, day-age, framework hypothesis, theistic evolution (i.e., evolutionary creation), functionality-cosmic temple, analogical days, day-gap-day, and any other views that try to fit evolution or millions of years into Genesis are incompatible with Scripture.
The view, commonly used to evade the implications or the authority of biblical teaching, namely that knowledge and/or truth may be divided into secular and religious, is unbiblical and therefore should be rejected (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17; for more information, see here).
No apparent, perceived, or claimed evidence in any field of study, including science, history, and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture obtained by historical-grammatical interpretation. Of primary importance is the fact that evidence is always subject to interpretation by fallible people who do not possess all information (Numbers 23:19; 2 Samuel 22:31; Psalm 18:30; Isaiah 46:9-10, 55:9; Romans 3:4; 2 Timothy 3:16).
Mankind, consisting of two genders (male and female), is created in the image of God. Each of these two distinct, complementary genders reflects the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:2, 9:6; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6; 1 Corinthians 11:7; James 3:9-10).
The special and unique creation of Adam from dust and Eve from Adam's rib was supernatural and immediate. Adam and Eve did not originate from any other preexisting lifeforms (Genesis 2:7, 2:21-23, 3:19; 1 Corinthians 11:8-12, 15:47-49).
All human life is sacred and begins at conception (defined as the moment of fertilization). Each unborn child is a unique, living human being, created in the image of God, and must be respected and protected both before and after birth. The abortion of an unborn child or the active, intentional taking of human life through euthanasia or assisted suicide constitutes a violation of the sanctity of human life and is a crime against God and man (Genesis 9:6; Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17; Psalm 51:5; 1 Corinthians 15:49; James 2:11).
There is only one race of mankind-the human race or Adam's race. Adam and Eve were the first two humans. All people alive today are the descendants of Adam and Eve and subsequently Noah (Genesis 1:26-27, 3:20, 10:1, 10:32; 1 Corinthians 14:45-47; Luke 17:27; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5).
Since all humans are made in the image of God, all humans have equal dignity and value regardless of age (including the unborn), intelligence, gender, physical ability, shade of skin tone, religion, ethnicity, or any other characteristic (Genesis 1:26-27, 3:20, 11:9; Acts 17:26-28).
The concepts of "social justice," "intersectionality," and "critical race theory" are anti-biblical and destructive to human flourishing (Ezekiel 18:1-20; James 2:8-9).
Parents are responsible to instruct their children in Christian faith and conduct, to set before them godly and consistent examples of the same, and in every way to "bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4).
The only legitimate marriage, based on the creation ordinance in Genesis 1 and 2, sanctioned by God is the joining of one naturally born man and one naturally born woman in a single, exclusive union as delineated in Scripture. God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other and has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, abuse, or any attempt to change one's gender, or disagreement with one's biological gender, is sinful and offensive to God (Genesis 1:27-28, 2:24; Matthew 5:27-30, 19:4-5; Mark 10:2-9; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Thessalonians 4:3-7; Hebrews 13:4).
Gender and biological sex are equivalent and cannot be separated. A person's gender is determined at conception (fertilization), coded in the DNA, and cannot be changed by drugs, hormones, or surgery. Rejection of one's biological sex (gender) or identifying oneself by the opposite sex is a sinful rejection of the way God made that person. These truths must be communicated with compassion, love, kindness, and respect, pointing everyone to the truth that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking his mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Genesis 1:26-28, 5:1-2; Psalm 51:5, 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 1:20-21, 19:4-6; Mark 10:6; Luke 1:31; Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 3:28).
The special creation of Adam (the first man) and Eve (the first woman) and their subsequent fall into sin is the basis for the necessity of salvation for mankind (Genesis 2:7, 2:17, 2:22-23, 3:6-20; Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49).
Human death (both physical and spiritual) as well as all animal death, disease, bloodshed, suffering, extinction, thorns and thistles, and all other natural evils (e.g., earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc.) entered this world subsequent to, and as a direct cons of, man's sin (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:8, 3:19, 4:4-8; Romans 5:12, 8:20-22; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
All mankind are sinners, inherently from Adam and individually (by choice), and are therefore subject to God's wrath and condemnation (1 Kings 8:46; Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 116:11; Proverbs 16:5; John 3:16-18, 12:48; Romans 3:23).
Since all of mankind is made in God's image and also fallen, all humans are equally sinful, equally deserving of eternal punishment, and equally able to receive salvation in Christ (Isaiah 53:6; John 12:32; Romans 3:23, 5:12; 2 Peter 3:9).
The doctrines of Creator and Creation cannot ultimately be divorced from the gospel of Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3, 1:14-18; Colossians 1:13-20).
Freedom from the penalty and power of sin is available to man only through the sacrificial death and shed blood of Jesus Christ and his complete and bodily resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:39; John 8:12, 8:36, 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:3-6; 1 Peter 1:3). Salvation is by God's grace alone, a gift received by faith alone in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-7).
The one who is born of God has repented, recognized the death of Christ as full payment for sin, and received the risen Christ as Savior, Lord, and God (John 1:12-13; Acts 3:19, 16:31, 17:30-31, 20:21; Galatians 2:20-21; 1 John 3:9).
The church of Jesus Christ is composed of all who are united with him in saving faith and who are thus members of the body of which he is the head (John 3:16, 3:36, 11:25; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 10:8-10; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18).
Those who do not believe in Christ are subject to everlasting, conscious punishment in hell, but believers are secure to enjoy eternal life with God in heaven (Matthew 15:49-50, 25:46; John 3:16-18, 3:36, 5:24; 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10; 1 John 5:11-13; Revelation 21:8).
All Christians are to live in fellowship with a local, Bible-believing church (as portrayed in the New Testament), uniting in its worship of the triune God, supporting the great commission, and loving one another with pure and sincere hearts (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:17-33, 16:2; Hebrews 10:23-25, 13:17).
Our Lord Jesus Christ will personally and bodily return in glory as he has promised, and he will consummate his kingdom. Christ will judge the living and the dead at his appearing (John 6:39-40, 12:48; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Peter 4:5).
All shall be raised from the dead: those who have died in Christ to eternal life in heaven and those who have rejected him to conscious and everlasting punishment in the lake of fire (hell) (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 15:49-50, 25:41-46; Luke 12:5; 1 Corinthians 15:12-26; Revelation 21:8).
Satan, who is a personal spiritual adversary of both God and mankind, will be judged and cast into the lake of fire (hell) for eternity (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||No||0/5|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||No||0/5|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is less than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/5|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||10/10|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||5/5|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||5/5|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||5/5|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||5/5|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board, and not the founder and/or CEO/President?||No||0/5|
|Does the board have term limits?||No||0/5|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||5/5|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||No||0/5|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||Yes||5/5|
|Total donor confidence score||70/100|
Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: Christian Growth
|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||553 of 1022||40 of 74|
|Fund acquisition rating||451 of 1024||29 of 74|
|Resource allocation rating||293 of 1024||27 of 74|
|Asset utilization rating||877 of 1022||62 of 74|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$22,974,867||$17,455,005||$7,213,438||$6,287,475||$5,410,740|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$40,501,055||$32,341,398||$32,934,805||$31,259,820||$15,666,935|
|Other long-term assets||$765,840||$713,236||$707,712||$786,170||$777,916|
|Total long-term assets||$37,109,147||$33,277,836||$28,976,184||$25,558,233||$23,419,869|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$3,040,446||$4,059,808||$2,860,158||$3,452,390||$2,602,024|
|Other current liabilities||$1,273,705||$1,309,940||$2,700,483||$8,217,602||$4,876,095|
|Total current liabilities||$4,314,151||$5,369,748||$5,560,641||$11,669,992||$7,478,119|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$453,136||$491,179||$409,896||$465,855||$478,770|
|Total long-term liabilities||$6,309,743||$7,147,531||$7,827,557||$4,588,550||$4,903,562|
|Without donor restrictions||$63,377,103||$49,984,462||$35,372,544||$32,876,813||$24,975,589|
|With donor restrictions||$3,609,205||$3,117,493||$13,150,247||$7,682,698||$1,729,534|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$16,761,076||$21,042,958||$13,158,653||$11,589,825||$4,930,261|
|Total other revenue||$25,108,465||$30,215,086||$23,041,388||$21,484,697||$13,415,086|
|Management and general||$3,867,919||$13,595,992||$5,264,107||$5,099,175||$3,731,055|
|Change in net assets||2020||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||$13,884,353||$4,579,162||$7,963,280||$13,854,388||$2,418,884|
|Jason Nave||Chief Revenue Officer||$167,685|
|Mike Zovath||Chief Action Officer||$129,628|
|Paul Salmon||Chief Operating Officer||$120,975|
|Mark Looy||Chief Communications Offic||$120,465|
|John Pence||Corporate Secretary||$112,472|
Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020
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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/30/2022. To update the information below, please email: email@example.com
AiG began its outreach in 1994 and was started by Ken Ham, CEO, Mike Zovath, CAO, and Mark Looy, CCO. AiG-US has sister ministries in England, Mexico, Peru, Australia, and Canada, all sharing a common mission statement and statement of faith.
AiG owns and operates the Ark Encounter, an evangelistic themed attraction with a 510-foot-long Noah's Ark as the centerpiece (opened 2016), and the Creation Museum (2007). Each Ark and museum exhibit/video points to the accuracy of the Bible and engages visitors with the gospel message.
AiG produces an apologetics magazine "Answers," which has twice won the top honor from the Evangelical Press Association for general excellence in a magazine. In addition, it has created the Answers Bible Curriculum, a walk through the Bible in four years, along with a homeschool edition of ABC.
In 2020, AiG launched a video streaming platform, Answers.tv, with 4,000 videos
Holds apologetics events all over the world, the best known being the debate between Bill Nye "The Science Guy" and AiG CEO Ken Ham in 2014 (watched by at least 25 million people worldwide).
AiG's website, AnswersinGenesis.org, has become one of the most-visited religious websites in the world, with over one million visitors a month.
In 2020, the Answers...with Ken Ham radio program aired its 7,000th program. Begun in 1994, Answers is carried on more than 1,000 radio stations in the US and several dozen stations overseas.