Jackson Hole Bible College One year of Biblical Foundations & Creation Apologetics

JHBC Professors

Dr. Brad Belcher

Pastor at Oakwood Bible Church, Kalamazoo, MI.

1985 B.S., Taylor University, Mathematics; 2008 M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Christian Thought/Philosophy of Religion; 2019 D.Min. Grace Theological Institute, Intercultural Studies.

He is married to Kathy. They have three daughters and three grandchildren.

Dr. Paul Benware

BA -Humanities, 1963 – Los Angeles Baptist College; ThM -Theology, 1967 – Dallas Theo. Seminary; ThD -Theology/Apologetics, 1973 – Grace Theo Seminary; former professor at Moody Bible Institute, Philadelphia Biblical  University (now Cairn University), and Arizona Christian University.

Dr. Benware has written a number of books including: Old Testament Survey; New Testament Survey; Understanding End Times Prophecy; Daniel: An Exegetical and Dispensational Commentary; Daniel: The Coming Judgment of the Nations; and The Believer’s Payday.

He is married to Anne and they have four children and eight grandchildren.

Pastor Mike Cummins

Pastor at Berean Baptist Church, Idaho Falls, ID.

Associate of Applied Science, Idaho State University; Bachelor of Applied Technology, Idaho State University; Master of Divinity, Western Seminary.

Mike is married to Jessica and they have two kids, Ethan and Ava. Mike is passionate about seeing God’s Word intersect with the hearts of people. He also enjoys reading, photography, and coffee.

Dr. Ken Ham

Ken Ham is the founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis and its two popular attractions: the acclaimed Creation Museum and the internationally known Ark Encounter, which features a life-size 510-foot-long Noah’s Ark—sometimes described as the “8th Wonder of the Modern World.” Each year, the two attractions host over 1.5 million guests.

A much-in-demand Christian speaker and interview guest, Ham became well known throughout America for his 2014 evolution/creation debate with Bill Nye, TV’s “The Science Guy.”

Ham hosts the daily radio program Answers, now on 1,000 stations. He’s also the founder of the award-winning Answers magazine. In 2020, Ham launched Answers TV, an ambitious streaming service. His website of AnswersInGenesis.org has twice won the top award from the National Religious Broadcasters for best website.

A prolific blogger and author of more than 30 books, Ham’s newest releases are Divided Nation (about today’s culture wars) and the devotional commentary Creation to Babel.

Ken and his wife Mally have 5 children and 18 grandchildren and reside in Northern Kentucky.

Pastor Eric Hovind

Founder and president of Creation Today; Pensacola, Florida.

Born in Kankakee, Illinois, Creation Speaker Eric Hovind was blessed with the opportunity of growing up in a Christian home under the incredible Biblical teachings of his father, Dr. Kent Hovind. Eric says that his father always challenged him with new ideas and projects, including everything from carpentry to Bible studies in order to better serve the Lord.

Throughout his Jr. High and High School years, Eric was privileged to travel with his dad every summer as they traveled to churches to speak about Creation, evolution and dinosaurs. It was during his third summer of traveling with his father that Eric realized that he never grew tired of the subject! Hearing creation lectures and debates hundreds of times never became boring. As he listened to his dad teach, Eric, too, surrendered his entire life to serving God by delivering the salvation message.

After completing his high school studies at Pensacola Christian Academy in 1997, he graduated from Jackson Hole Bible College in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  JHBC was designed to give students a solid Biblical foundation with a special creation emphasis. To further his education in evangelism, Eric then attended Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Eric began full-time service in the ministry of Creation Science Evangelism in 1999. He served in every capacity of the ministry including: maintenance, construction, Dinosaur Adventure Land tour guide and manager, video production, as well as traveling and speaking.  At the age of 30 Eric committed the rest of his life work to the ministry of reaching people through the creation message.  Eric received his ordination from Harbor Baptist Church on November 8, 2008.

Eric is married to Tanya and they have three children.

Mr. Martyn Iles

Martyn Iles is an Australian lawyer, commentator, and preacher living in the USA. He is Chief Ministry Officer at Answers in Genesis, a large Christian apologetics and education ministry well-known for its famous Ark Encounter and Creation Museum attractions in Northern Kentucky which are visited by 1.5 million people each year.

Between 2018–2023, Martyn was Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, one of Australia’s largest political movements. In that role, he produced a popular vlog called The Truth of It and has appeared frequently in the media, including on programs such as The ProjectSunrise60 MinutesTodaySkyThe National Press ClubABC Q+A, and every major TV network, newspaper, and radio station in the country.

Martyn cofounded the Human Rights Law Alliance, a law firm dedicated to assisting people requiring legal support in the areas of freedom of religion, conscience, and speech. He has also worked at a top-tier commercial law firm, owned a tech business, and served in youth pastoral ministry. He is a former debating champion.

Pastor Don Landis

Don graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1966. He served as a Youth for Christ/Campus Life director in Pennsylvania before Beverly and he moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to begin Rocky Mountain Lodge, a Christian camp and retreat facility. 

Don Landis is the President of Jackson Hole Bible College which started in 1997, and Pastor/Teacher since 1974 at Community Bible Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Don is the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors for Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum.  He teaches throughout the year at JHBC and Rocky Mountain Lodge.  He has also spoken at special events for AiG.  Don has written articles for Answers Magazine and edited several chapters in books published by AiG

Don is the general editor for bestsellers Genius of Ancient Man, Secrets of Ancient Man, and Leaving a Legacy. He brings wisdom and insight from the Word of God in a practical, challenging, and insightful way. 

Don is married to Beverly. They have two children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. They live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where they enjoy spending much of their time with their family. Don loves to hunt, fish, spend time with his grandchildren, get firewood and going on hikes through the woods.

Pastor Dean Landis

Dean is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Education from Western Bible College. Since 2005, Dean and his family have ministered at Glacier Meadow Lodge, a summer Bible camp for children on the Blackfeet Reservation. Dean has been involved with Christian camp ministries for forty-five years. He also served as a children’s pastor for six years, and from 2017-2020 he was the Director of Glacier Bible College (a program very similar to JHBC’s one-year program). Dean and his beautiful wife Lori have five children and reside in Kalispell, Montana.

Dr. Brian Livermore

B. A. Bible from Christian Heritage College (now San Diego Christian College), 1979 – Th. M.  Dallas Theological Seminary, 1985

Pastor at Crossroads Bible Church in Burley, Idaho. Brian is married to Suzanne.  They have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.

Mr. Brian Mariani

Brian has a B.S. in Physics Education from Illinois State University. He and his wife, Aimee, are graduates of Jackson Hole Bible College and Brian was a contributing researcher and author for The Genius of Ancient Man and The Secrets of Ancient Man, produced by Don Landis and Jackson Hole Bible College. He was a high school science teacher and since 2013 he has been working with Alpha Omega Institute teaching youth and adults that there is a lot of good evidence (from science) for God and the Bible. Brian loves exploring God’s Creation while teaching his favorite JHBC class alongside his wife, Aimee, and their four young children.

Mr. Dennis Norris

After graduating from Moody Bible Institute and the International School of Theology, Denny met his future wife, Arlene, in Mexico where she was serving as a missionary. Two years after they married and had their first son, they moved to Mexico where they served 16 ½ years doing evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. While in Mexico, they were blessed with 4 other children (3 more sons and a daughter).  For the last 14 years Denny & Arlene have continued church planting with Spanish speakers in Cannon Beach, OR.  Their three oldest sons have married and given them 10 grandchildren.   Denny’s favorite pastimes are meeting with young men for coffee and discipleship, basketball, disk golf, and any form of competition. 

Pastor Nate Persson

Associate Pastor and Missions Director at Faith Bible Fellowship, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Partner, Apartment Painters of Little Rock.

With wife Lisa, has 9 children, 17 grandchildren and counting.
Graduate of Moody Bible Institute
Author: Apples of Gold: A Family Heritage from the Proverbs of Solomon

Besides weekly preaching, young adult bible classes, and bi-annual missions trips to Mexico, you might find him enjoying:
-managing commercial painting business
-coaching kids/grandkids’ soccer teams
-building projects at church/renovating kids’ houses
-traveling with wife