About Me

With my lovely wife at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. (December 2017)

Hi, my name is Tim Chaffey. I’m a Bible-believing Christian, husband, father, teacher, apologist, author, and cancer survivor.

I have been happily married since 1996 and have a daughter and son. I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, basketball, swimming, and good theological discussions. In 2001, I was the starting center for a national championship basketball team. I swam the relay leg of half-Ironman triathlons in 2012 and 2013, and completed the Nation’s Triathlon in 2013 with Team in Training to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In the past several years my wife and I have completed over a dozen half-marathons in more than ten states.

I currently work as the content manager for the Attractions Division at Answers in Genesis, which means that I’m responsible for developing the content for the exhibits at the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. I spent five years as a pastor and associate pastor, in which I taught youth ministry, adult Sunday School, and a weekly theology class in addition to regular preaching duties. I have also taught high school Bible and science classes for six years.

In 2011, I completed a Th.M. in Church History and Theology from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary after successfully defending my thesis on The Sons of God and the Nephilim. In 2008, I earned a Master of Divinity degree (summa cum laude) specializing in Apologetics and Theology. I also hold a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Biblical and Theological Studies.

Overlooking the Dead Sea from the top of Masada. The nation of Jordan is on the opposite side of the water. (December 2017)

I am also a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia in July 2006. I have been in full remission since September 2006. My second full-length book, God and Cancer, traces my battle with the disease, but focuses on providing insight and advice to others who are going through difficult times. The book concludes with an apologetic for the existence of God. This section demonstrates that suffering and evil do not provide evidence against the God of the Bible, but rather the Bible provides the only solution to this issue.

I started Midwest Apologetics in 2005, a ministry dedicated to defending the word of God from the beginning to the end. With that goal in mind, I have written nearly two dozen books since that time. I co-authored The Truth Chronicles youth fiction series. Book 1 (The Time Machine) was published in April 2010, book 2 (The Contest) in May 2010, book 3 (The Rescue) in June 2010, book 4 (The Thief) in April 2012, book 5 (The Chase) in Fall 2012, and book 6 (The Ark) in December 2013. These exciting books are designed to teach young people how to defend the faith and learn more about the biblical worldview.

Having a little fun during a great day of hiking in Sequoia National Park. (September 2016)

More recently, I co-authored The Remnant Trilogy, a coming-of-age historical fiction series on the life of Noah from his early adult years up until the time of the Flood. It is essentially the official backstory for Noah and his family members as they are portrayed at the Ark Encounter. Visitors to the theme park will be able to see dozens of items or events described in the novels. They are full of adventure and designed to direct the reader to take a close look at Scripture, and each of the books include approximately 40 pages of non-fiction at the end to address questions that many people have about Noah, the Ark, the Flood, and the pre-Flood world. See the following posts for more information about each book—Noah: Man of Destiny, Noah: Man of Resolve, and Noah: Man of God.

But my favorite topic has long been the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I recently published In Defense of Easter to address the historicity of the Resurrection, to defend it against the skeptical and critical attacks, and to discuss many of the practical implications of the fact that Jesus rose from the dead.

I have contributed to several other books as either an editor or writer. Notably, I have written chapters in the following books: Searching for AdamHow Do We Know the Bible Is True? Volumes I & II, and Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Volume II.

Please note: the opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of Answers in Genesis.


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About Me — 130 Comments

  1. Interesting biography. I commend you for your achievements Tim. I am keen to ask, what do you know about Nimrod’s dynasty ?

    • Hi Damien,
      Thanks. I wasn’t avoiding your comment (a reference to another comment submitted by Damien 12 hours later before I had a chance to respond). My blog is not at the top of my to-do list, so sometimes it takes several days before I can approve and/or respond to comment.
      Regarding Nimrod’s dynasty, I would say that I don’t really know about it because I don’t think we can know with certainty which historical figure Nimrod was. There have been many suggestions. I address two of these in my book: Gilgamesh and Sargon of Akkad. And I spend some time talking about the possibility that he was the first giant on the earth after the flood (which is what the Septuagint says about him). But I don’t think we can be confident of any of the suggestions about his identity. Thus, I can’t say that I know much about Nimrod’s dynasty. I know there is a lot of speculation out there, but these need to be backed up with original sources. Unfortunately, most of the theories are highly speculative built upon even more speculations.

  2. Greetings Mr Chaffey,  may I call you Tim please? We Australians are a little on the casual side. As you have already enjoyed in your blog 🙂 and you have worked with an Australian, Ken Ham. I was most delighted to find your personal blog, via AiG coming from yet another blog (Bible Illustrators) who referenced your article”Born in a Barn”. I had been searching all day yesterday to find the artist of 2 paintings of “The Road to Emmaus” so that I could reference the artists in a message I have prepared for our church (in Germany). I had looked through both Tineye and Google images and in every case, for every ‘hit’ or reference, I could not find a credit to the artists. One of the images was also published on a book cover but unknown by the book’s author as to whom the artist is/was.  I have also previously used Eugène Burnand’s ” The disciples Peter and John running to the tomb on the morning of the Resurrection”. Bible artists, who really investigate the event and are not given restrictions on what to paint, can reveal many wonderful truths and insights.Anyway the two paintings of the “The Road to Emmaus” reveal that Cleopas’ companion could be a woman and naturally his wife who was at the crucifixion. My message is on inviting Jesus into our lives. But that’s another story. So, I was most excited to find your article, “Bornin a Barn” I wish I had found it last July. I spent 3 months researching for a message for the First Sunday in Lent. The message was essentially that Jesus was born in a house not a stable. My heart believes strongly that the message “God with us” is still alive and of course relevant. This, as one reason, among other cultural reasons, being that Jesus was born inside among people and not in a lonely stable. Even the Catholic Bible says now ‘Living space” and not stable. There has been much pressure on Bible Translators through the centuries as well for political and other reasons.  There are some other amazing researchers who also have wonderful texts that Jesus was not born in a stable. I am very sure that you also discovered exciting substantial evidence like this in your preparations. It is a project this year that I would like to further investigate and progress that Jesus was born inside a house, among people. Regardless that Christmas cards and Sunday School nativity plays are erroneous, the greater truth is that God wanted to be and still does, to dwell, WITH us, right from His birth……I also consider this a possibility for Jesus’ walk along the road to Emmaus, to be with His supporters after His resurrection and encourage them since their hearts were slow to believe the truth. I’m not out to change the world, Jesus has already done that 🙂 I simply want people to recognise the importance of God’s desperate desire to be among us and not feel sorry for Jesus birthplace or misinformed that there was an Innkeeper etc.  It would be tremendous to have the Bible translations updated that are currently in error suggesting the birthplace involved a commercial inn/motel/public lodging and subsequent stable. Many US and UK translations continue to use ‘inn’ rather than “upper room” or”guest room” or “living space”.How does one go about influencing such a change? My husband and I lived in the Middle East recently for 10 years, so now have a little more cultural understanding. Now we are volunteers with Wycliffe Bible Translators based in Germany doing admin and training in soft skills.  We occasionally do messages in our local church and I particularity try to include culture and setting in my messages to bridge build the Bible accounts so that we can understand more what God is saying through the precious words that we DO have and not build theories around the Bible words we do not have.  How would it look for people to understand Jesus’ real birth circumstances and God’s desire to be/dwell with us? For people to understand how clear God can direct us? E.g. That the Manger/feed box was also a sign/confirmation that the shepherds found the right house to bring their lamb gift and worship? All the other Jewish babies were also wrapped in swaddling bands at the time 🙂 There are so many wonderful treasures to discover as your work/ministry also demonstrates. My purpose in writing, is:1. To say how much I enjoyed your article and your own site(not that I’ve read much as yet on the site)2. In all honesty, how can these traditional Bible translations and Strong’s Concordance, be amended? The pride of tradition and reputation for these works is possibly the stumbling block? What would it take? A group of reputable theologians? Would AiG want to be involved? Their focus and research is more towards Creation. But I don’t know the organisation. I thought that since you wrote the article, “Born in a Barn (Stable)?” you may have come across other groups/theologians interested to amend Jesus’ birth story such that it reveals the heart of God to connect with people, not be lonely, separated, isolated from the people He came to save. Understanding that your schedule is full, I am appreciative if you have time to consider my question and the possibility of creating such a project. Thank you. Blessings Ceejay Haymen
    p.s. I am inspired that you also have a passion for the Resurrection. I just love how God tore that 7 inch thick curtain.

    • Hi Ceejay,
      Yes, please call me Tim. Mr. Chaffey is my dad. 🙂 Actually, I work with several Aussies, and some of them are good friends of mine. I love the accent, the sense of humor, and the Pineapple Lumps they bring me, but I’m not a big fan of Vegemite. 🙂
      It is very difficult to change extra-biblical traditions that have become part of church culture, especially something as ingrained as the traditional nativity story. Think of all the Christmas hymns that would have to change too. But as difficult as that may be, getting the Bibles updated will be even more difficult. Remember, the companies that produce Bible translations are still businesses and they would like to at least break even on their sizable investment. Translating a Bible isn’t cheap. They hire a team of translators who work for years on the project. Then there’s the editing, formatting, promotion, etc. And since they want to sell their Bible translation, they are very reluctant to rock the boat when it comes to favorite passages. When someone looks at a new Bible version one of the first things they do is turn to one of their favorite verses, and if that passage looks like what they are familiar with, then they conclude that the translation is a good one. So you can see what it would be so difficult to make needed changes in popular passages.
      The internet has been both a blessing and a curse when it comes to biblical interpretation. It gives people a better opportunity to discover the correct background and interpretation of a passage, such as the one you’ve asked about. But it also allows erroneous ideas to propagate like never before.
      I can think of a few more passages that need to be slightly tweaked or at least reexamined in light of manuscript discoveries and better understanding of the language and culture. Similarly, I can think of many passages that are frequently misunderstood, but bad ideas die hard. I think the solution is to continue teaching the truth and impacting those within your sphere of influence, particularly the next generation. But as you do that, please help the youth understand what you are and are not doing. What you are doing is offering a very minor correction to help people properly understand the passage. You aren’t calling for the whole thing to be torn down. Far too many of them have been led to believe that the church just wants to control your life and is hiding the truth from its people. So when you let them know that a certain verse isn’t translated well, it’s easy for them to jump to the conclusion that the church has been covering up the truth and then they walk away and often turn against the church. In reality, most of the church never even knows about the issue. Also, that conspiracy sure is a pretty lousy one since most study Bibles will include notes alerting people to variant wordings.
      Finally, you may be right that the circumstances about His birth are related to His desire to be among His people. I think that’s a reasonable concept, but I would be careful about teaching it as Gospel truth, since the Bible doesn’t claim that this is why He was born in humble circumstances.
      I hope this helps. Thanks for reading and taking the time for the response.

  3. Oh – You are the unscientific idiot that writes the lying garbage at the Ark Encounter. Why do Christians lie so much. We are descended from fish – FACT.

    • Hi “John,”
      I sincerely doubt this is your real name or that you left a real email address when leaving this comment. But I decided to approve your post so that readers can see how immature some people are. If you really disagree with me on matters, why wouldn’t you seek to engage me on those points instead of just leaving what amounts to an emotional outburst with no substance? I’m not a scientist, so if I wrote things that are unscientific, it should be quite easy to point to something specific instead of accusing me and others of lying so much.
      In the spirit of Resurrection day, I’ll just leave you with this: Christ is risen! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

  4. Hi Tim,
    I have just finished ‘Fallen:The Sons of God and the Nephilim’ and thought it was excellent.The thought that angelic beings had mated with human women is repugnant, and as a woman it made me shudder, but I found your reasoning compelling and thoroughly scriptural. As a young woman I had several ‘experiences’ at night which were frightening and which woke me up. Nothing for a long time, so perhaps they only fancy young women!! Your book brought to mind several accounts I have read of women being groomed as ‘Brides of Satan’, and that these women claimed they had had sex with Satan. What do you think? Every blessing.

  5. Hi Mr. Chaffey, I don’t have a lot of time to read actual books but I am an avid audiobook listener at work. I just discovered your Remnant Trilogy and am dying to read it, but I only see it in ebook form. Is there any chance that it will become an audiobook…? Oh please?! Also, pass it on to the rest of the folks at AIG, that Audiobooks would be GOBBLED up if they would convert many of the wonderful resources into audio.

  6. Hello Mr. Chaffey,
    I am considering doing a line of apologetics / theological speeches at some point in the future. One of the installment would feature the Nephilim, sons of God, etc. I have recently read your book and really enjoyed it. Would it be fine for me to pull heavily from your book in my speech? I would cite you and your book in my speech, but would just like to confirm that I can use the material contained within.

    • Hi Kane,
      Thank you for the kind words about Fallen: The Sons of God and the Nephilim. I’m glad to hear that you really enjoyed it.
      Feel free to cite content from the book as much as you’d like. You can probably just give a statement near the beginning of your talk that much of what you’re planning to cover is found in my book. Then, if you are using PowerPoint or Keynote and you happen to do some direct quotes from the book, just be sure to document it somewhere on the slide (book title and page number is fine). Also, if most of your talk is based on the book, but then you add some things that might be at odds with what I’ve written, just let them know so that they don’t think those ideas are from the book.
      Also, since you enjoyed the book, would you mind taking a few minutes to leave a positive review on Amazon? Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving!

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