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Tom Hennigan

Adjunct STEM Professor


School of STEM

Office Phone

706-865-2134, ext. 6405



Miller Hall 204-A
  • A.A.S., Forest Technology, Wanakena School of Forest Technology, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
  • B.S., Natural Resources Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • M.A., in Professional Counseling, Truett McConnell University
  • M.S., Education, Syracuse University
  • M.P.S., Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • General Ecology (BI 302)
  • General and Field Botany (BI 330)
  • Stream Ecology (BI 425)
  • Forest Ecology (BI 435)
  • Ecotherapy (PY 411)
  • Origins and Baraminology (the study of the created kind)
  • Population and Community Ecology of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles
  • Environmental Microbiology and Symbiosis
  • Field Botany (taxonomy, edibility, medicinal and other practical uses of plants)
  • Physiological ecology of bears and amphibians


  • Creation Biology Society
  • Cornwall Alliance
  • American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Creation Research Society
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia


  • Transformed by the Evidence: Testimonies of Leading Creationists. 2013. Doug Sharp and Jerry Bergman Editors. Leafcutter Press.
  • Galápagos Islands: A Different View. 2013. Dr. Georgia Purdom Editor. Master Books.
  • The Ecology Book: Wonders of Creation Series. Hennigan, T. and Lightner, J. 2013. Master Books.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • 2022. Hennigan T., Guliuzza, R., and Lansdell, G. Interface systems and continuous environmental tracking as a design model for symbiotic relationships. Journal of Creation 36(2):97-105.
  • 2019. Hennigan, T. and R. Guliuzza.  The continuous environmental tracking hypothesis-application in seed dormancy and germination in forest ecosystems. Journal of Creation 33(2): 59-65.
  • 2018. Wise, K.P., J.W. Francis, N.A. Doran, A.J. Fabich, S. Hartz, & T. Hennigan. Devotional Biology: A young-age creationist college-level conceptual biology textbook. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Creationism, ed. J.H. Whitmore, pp. 255-267.
  • 2018. Extant Ark Kinds: Amphibian and Reptile Kinds (ed. Andrew Snelling).  Answers Research Monograph Series 1: Baraminology vol. 2. Answers in Genesis.
  • Hennigan, T. 2014. An Initial Estimate toward Identifying and Numbering the Ark Turtle and Crocodile Kinds. Answers Research Journal 7: 1-28.
  • Lightner, J., Hennigan, T., Purdom, G., and Hodge, B. 2011. Determining the ark kinds. Answers Research Journal 4: 195-201.
  • Hennigan, T. and Bergman, J. 2011. Origin of trees. Creation Research Society Quarterly 47(4): 259-270.
  • Hennigan, T. 2010. The case for holobaraminic status in bears (family Ursidae) and the implications within a creation model of ecology. Creation Research Society Quarterly 46:271-283.
  • Hennigan, T. 2009. Toward a biblical basis for ecology with applications in mycorrhizal symbioses in orchids, Journal of Creation 23(1): 78-85.
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For 15 years I had been educated in the public school system and had been taught that the origin of life by universal common descent and random processes was scientific truth. The result of that belief caused me to reject Christianity. However, in 1980, while attending a forestry field trip in North Carolina, I became involved in a series of conversations centering on the scientific case for a Creator, followed by watching the prayers of godly men get answered. These brought me to a spiritual crisis and great conviction. In a matter of days, I repented of my sin and gave my life to Christ. In that brief span of time, God shook my world!

As I sought godly counsel, studied the Bible, and ultimately took a year off to attend Bible college, I realized that I had rejected Christ’s gift of salvation because of my trust in philosophical and material naturalism. Once the stumbling block of this worldview was removed, I was ripe for the Gospel of Christ and life transformation by the Holy Spirit of God. Teaching at Truett McConnell University allows me to introduce students to the exciting fields of organism biology and ecology from a biblical worldview. To have the mind of Christ, we must be students of His divine Scriptures. My prayer is that as our students allow God to transform their minds to be more like His, they will be competent biologists in their chosen discipline, understand the rigor required to be successful in graduate school, critically evaluate philosophical naturalism with Christian theism, and grow deeper in their relationship with Christ.