Editor’s note: This article was adapted from a news release that was recently distributed to the media.
Answers in Genesis is excited to announce that the AiG board has unanimously voted to promote Martyn Iles to the position of Executive CEO of Answers in Genesis under Ken Ham. Ken Ham remains Founder CEO. Ken has no plans to retire but will continue in his oversight role of the entire ministry and in his dynamic impactful speaking and writing ministry.
In May 2023, Australian Martyn Iles joined Answers in Genesis as Chief Ministry Officer. Martyn is well-known as the previous Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby and for leading a massive Christian movement in Australia.
Martyn’s move into this new role within Answers in Genesis is designed to set the ministry up for the future, ensuring that AiG continues to have a strong visionary leader who stands solidly on the foundation of the Word of God from the very first verse.
Martyn’s move into this new role within Answers in Genesis is designed to set the ministry up for the future, ensuring that AiG continues to have a strong visionary leader who stands solidly on the foundation of the Word of God from the very first verse. Ken Ham and Martyn Iles will be leading together, slowly transitioning the ministry from being led by the visionary and founder Ken Ham to eventually being led by Martyn Iles, guided by a similar vision to what Ken has had for decades of ministry.
After announcing the exciting change to the Answers in Genesis staff, Martyn posted on social media:
It’s a great honor to announce I have been promoted to the position of Executive CEO by the board of Answers in Genesis.
Fear not—Ken Ham is still the Founder CEO. We are leading together for the next season. This is an arrangement designed to set Answers in Genesis up for the future. It means our feet are firmly planted on our foundations whilst we adapt to a new era.
The culture is changing, fast. The next generation is different. Digital technology is disrupting our existence.
Just as evolutionary naturalism has threatened the faith of so many, postmodernism and new critical theories threaten the faith of a new generation.
But God’s Word is a word for every generation. And the gospel is God’s answer to every generation.
We will adapt to that which is new, holding fast to that which is timeless.
Please pray for us.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)
Ken Ham stated,
I’m thrilled the AiG board unanimously approved my recommended succession plan for the ministry. I believe it is important that supporters and staff know such a plan has been implemented to ensure stability for the Answers in Genesis ministry for the future. It will also ensure our continued unwavering stand on biblical authority and the mission to equip people with apologetics and proclaim the truth of God’s Word and the gospel.
Answers in Genesis is an apologetics (i.e., Christianity-defending) ministry dedicated to enabling Christians to defend their faith and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus particularly on providing answers to questions surrounding the book of Genesis, as it is a foundational book of Christianity and the most-attacked book of the Bible. We also desire to train others to develop a biblical worldview and seek to expose the bankruptcy of evolutionary ideas and their bedfellow: a “4.5 billion-year-old” earth (and an even older universe).
Answers in Genesis is the ministry behind the world’s leading Christian themed attractions, the Ark Encounter with a life-size (510-foot-long) Noah’s Ark and the Creation Museum—both located in Northern Kentucky and visited by millions.