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Dr. Terry Mortenson is an author, speaker, and researcher with Answers in Genesis.
Dr. Mortenson grew up in a Christian family, but it wasn’t until his first year at university that he put his trust in God. After that, he came across two books by creation scientists. Those books exposed the lie of evolution and millions of years. From then on, Dr. Mortenson devoted his life to apologetics.
In 1979, he heard Dr. John Baumgardner speak about creation and evolution. Dr. Mortenson asked Dr. Baumgardner if he could buy a copy of his lecture. With that resource, Dr. Mortenson started speaking on the subject. During almost 10 years of secret missionary work in communist Czechoslovakia, he only had one chance to give that lecture. Others translated the speech into Czech and other people in the country used it, so it was still useful. Dr. Mortenson did everything he could to learn more about the biblical side of the creation debate. His PhD studies in England (1992-1996) gave him time to further study this touchy topic. He spoke in a few schools and churches. After discovering his work, Answers in Genesis extended an invitation to join as a speaker and a writer.
After receiving his PhD in 1996, Dr. Mortenson moved his family to Hungary. There he served on a Campus Crusade team. He provided biblical education for Campus Crusade staff all over Eastern Europe. Dr. Mortenson had even more opportunities to teach and defend the truth of Genesis chapters 1–11 during his courses. He was also able to give some public lectures in secular universities in some of those countries. Before he joined AiG in 2001, he had his first formal debate with an evolutionist. He debated evolution with the head of the biology department at the University of Tirana in Albania.