Ken Wolgemuth received a BS in chemistry from Wheaton College and a PhD in geochemistry from Columbia University. He began his career at Dickinson College, where he taught for seven years while he was also a visiting professor at the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Brazil. He then transitioned into the oil industry, working 40 years as a petroleum geologist for the Hess Corporation, serving as a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and, since 2002, teaching oil industry short courses on geology and petrophysics. He is currently an adjunct professor of geosciences at the University of Tulsa.
Since 2000, Ken increasingly invested his time in science-and-faith discussions in the church, focusing on the controversies over the age of the Earth and the Grand Canyon. He founded Solid Rock Lectures to communicate the geology of creation—presenting lectures at about 20 venues, including seminaries, churches, and conferences. He is a Colson Fellow from the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA). He is the coauthor of several papers on radiocarbon dating in the Christian Research Journal, for BioLogos, and ASA’s Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. He authored essays about geology for Zondervan’s Dictionary of Christianity and Science, and is a contributing author to the groundbreaking book written expressly for the church, The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon?