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Christians believe in the biblical creation described throughout the Bible, yet a great need exists to be better educated about the creation. In response to this need, and also to share the creation with those not yet Christian, the North Pacific Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America (NPUC) has initiated a Creation Study Center outreach service. This center is led by Dr. Stan Hudson, a pastor with training in geology, a life-long interest in nature and extensive experience successfully educating others about the creation.
Jim Gibson, director of the General Conference Geoscience Research Institute (GRI), was on hand for the opening ceremonies. He commented that, “It’s really impressive to see what has been done with this resource center, and it reminds me of the significance of the creation in the life of a Christian… it's the creation story that gives us confidence in His [Christ’s] salvation; it tells us that He is able to create in us a clean heart.”
Max Torkelsen II, recently retired President of the NPUC, whose vision lies behind the Creation Study Center, said: “When you look at the biblical record, there’s nothing more foundational than the creation story and it effects everything that we believe. … [T]he reason for the establishment of this Creation Study Center is to provide a place where people can come and get reliable, academic, scientific information that supports the biblical view.”
The NPUC Creation Study Center is headquartered in the NPUC offices in Ridgefield Washington. The study center contains exhibits with some amazing fossil specimens, including a dinosaur leg bone almost as tall as Stan Hudson. There is also beautiful artwork illustrating how the fossil record was formed and other resources to teach about the sciences of geology and paleontology from a biblical worldview. But the Creation Study Center will be more than a physical location with fascinating things for visitors to examine. There are plans for printed resources and a dynamic website where there will be more resources and videos. In addition to this, Dr. Hudson is also available to go out on visits to schools and churches. He will be a busy man this coming Creation Sabbath, October 28, 2017, when the entire Seventh-day Adventist Church celebrates the biblical doctrine of Creation.
Speaking for the Geoscience Research Institute, Dr. Gibson saluted the North Pacific Union Conference “for their vision of creating a creation resource center.” Adding, “I certainly would invite everyone to come and take a look at it.” Creation resource centers are something that the Geoscience Research Institute has worked to develop with Church entities around the world. Currently, there are GRI affiliated resource centers in South America, Europe, and Asia, with plans developing them on the African continent. Information about some of these can be found at:
The NPUC Creation Study Center, along with other creation resource centers, serves as a positive affirmation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s firm commitment to biblical creation. More information about the NPUC Creation Resource Center can be seen in the short videos below:
News Release by Timothy G. Standish, PhD
Geoscience Research Institute