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noah’s flood: fact or fable?

A great, informal opportunity to invite family & friends along to hear a Creation presentation: Noah’s flood: fact or fable? . The talk(s) from the accredited CMI speaker(s) usually last between 50-60 minutes, using illustrated PowerPoint presentations and is generally followed by an informal Question & Answer time.

  • When? – Saturday 19th September 2020
  • What Time? – 7.30pm
  • Where? – Starbeck Mission  –  Forest Ave, Harrogate HG2 7JJ
  • Can the event be followed online? – Yes, there will also be a link available to follow the event live on YouTube.


  • Gavin Cox – M.A. in Biblical Studies, M.A. in Egyptology
  • Lucien Tuinstra – B.Sc. in Applied Physics, M.C.Ed. in Biblical Education & Apologetics
More about the speakers

Gavin Cox

Gavin graduated from Camborne School of Mines in 1991 and has since worked in land survey with remote sensing and internationally in the seismic industry, prospecting for oil and gas. For more than a decade, this work took him to places such as Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt, Kurdistan (north Iraq), Abu Dabi, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Macedonia, France, the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, as well as the UK. Having a keen interest in geology and fossils, he has collected for many years along the Jurassic Coast and beyond.

Gavin took a career break in 1999 to study theology and this was his ‘wake-up call’ to the importance of accepting Genesis and Creation as real Biblical history. Since then he has earned two Masters degrees, one in Biblical Studies and the other in Egyptology. It was while living in Egypt for approximately a year that Gavin first became interested in the ancient history and archaeology of Egypt, particularly the connections between Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament. His specific focus on the Egyptians’ beliefs regarding Creation and the Flood inspired his M.A. dissertation (for which he was awarded a distinction) and his desire is that this will form the basis for further Ph.D. study in Egyptology.

Gavin is keenly aware of the need for Christians to be given good solid answers to the skeptical questions raised by secularists within western culture, education and the media. Having been through the education system (both secular and religious), he recognizes the need for good Biblical apologetics and creation information to be made available to Christians. This is especially the case for young people who face challenges to their faith from both education and the media. For Gavin, the creation issue is not a side-issue, rather the central issue facing the Church in the modern age; therefore it should inform our evangelistic and missionary endeavours.

Lucien Tuinstra

After graduating in applied physics in The Netherlands (his native country), Lucien Tuinstra lived and worked overseas, firstly in Spain (2000 – 2004) and then the United Kingdom.

In Spain, he first did his final project for his bachelor’s degree at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona) on “The characterization of polymerfilms (PPy & PT & Pan) obtained by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition”. He then worked as a commercial technician for a Spanish gas calibration and instrumentation company. In December 2004, he moved to Scotland where, for over 13 years, he worked as an engineer in the gas industry, notably the testing and development of gas measurement instruments and equipment, and training others on the same. His various roles included product support, product management and customer support, and involved extensive travel overseas.

A long-standing keen biblical creationist, some years ago Lucien embarked on distance learning studies through the Institute of Creation Research (Dallas, Texas); this involved some visits to the US. Under the auspices of their School of Biblical Apologetics (unaccredited), he was awarded his Masters in Christian Education in March 2018. Over the years, Lucien has enjoyed working with children and particularly the teenagers in his church. He knows first-hand just how vital it is that they are prepared to face the challenges they meet in today’s culture, one which is increasingly hostile to biblically-minded Christians.

Lucien met his wife Anna on a trip to Israel and they were married in 2015. In October 2018, Lucien joined CMI (UK/Europe) full time, principally as a speaker and writer. He is passionate about demolishing secular, humanistic thinking and proclaiming Creation and Gospel truth.