WILLIAMSTOWN, Kentucky—During grand opening festivities yesterday at Ark Encounter—the Christian ministry theme park developed by creation-evangelist Ken Ham located in Williamstown, Kentucky, that features a full-size replica of the biblical Noah’s ark—ministry officials unveiled a program of biblical reenactments that will be produced at several park venues.
Reverend Charles Spurgeon, Senior VP for Biblical Entertainment at Ark Encounter, told reporters during a press briefing that in addition to the events centered on the seven-stories-tall, all-wood Ark—the largest timber-frame structure in the United States—the theme park will also produce “true to the Bible” reenactments of Christian history.
“Visitors, whether Christian or heathen, will experience the pages of the Bible like never before,” Rev. Spurgeon said.
“They will be true to scripture and show off the world-changing history of followers of Jesus Christ. The actors and scenes will be put on just like in the Bible, everything, clothing, food, background, animals, everything.”
Highlighting Pivotal Christendom History
The reenactments will occur at five venues: Brave New World Trail, Book of Genesis Coliseum, Sea of Galilee Lake, Calvary Hill Arena, and Resurrection Hall. Reenactments will depict well-known and important events in Christian lore and legend.
Brave New World Trail
A 30-minute guided bus tour of a landscape that depicts the desolated new world that remained after the condemnation and genocide of the 10 trillion people on earth in the Great Flood. Actors portraying Noah and his wife, Naamah, will recount tales of the 370 days aboard the ark and reveal zoo-keeping protocols used by Noah and his family.
Reenactments at Book of Genesis Coliseum
- The Massacre of the Innocents
- Daniel in the Lions’ Den
- Execution of the Canaanite Kings
- Stoning of Homosexuals
- Slaughter of the Ethiopians
Reenactments at the Sea of Galilee Lake
- Jesus Walks On Water
- Feeding of the Multitudes
- The Lake of Fire
Reenactments at Calvary Hill Arena
- The Torment of Job
- Jephthah’s Sacrifice of his Daughter
- Suicide of Judas
- The Passion of Christ
Reenactments at Resurrection Hall
- Murder of Cain by Abel
- Beheading of St. John the Baptist
- Curse of Ham
- Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple
Rev. Spurgeon said that over time the number of reenactments will be expanded and in total they plan to reenact over 200 biblical stories. There will be special reenactments held for “high holy day like Easter and Xmas.”
Employment Opportunities for Christian Creatives
Ark Encounter is still recruiting to fill over 300 positions for actors, directors, and other Christian stagecraft professionals.
Rev. Spurgeon said the deacons responsible for hiring personnel are having difficulties finding enough qualified local applicants who can pass the rigorous Bible knowledge test and Christian character assessment required of all Ark Encounter employees.
Ark Encounter requires potential employees to have extensive knowledge of biblical history and a thorough understanding and adherence to the moral code outlined in the Christian Bible.
However, Rev. Spurgeon expects that within the next few weeks the deacons will extend recruitment to include Christian churches nationwide.
Reenactments Are Ark Encounter Bonus Attractions
Visitors can attend reenactments free with purchase of a daily park admission ticket. Daily admission for adults is $40, $31 for senior citizens, $20 for children (5 to 12), and free admission for children under age 5.
Rise of the Ham Empire
Although there have been several attempts around the world—and a few in progress—to reproduce an accurate replica of the biblical Noah’s ark, Mr. Ham’s Ark Encounter is the first built within a theme park entertainment format.
Ark Encounter is a companion piece to the Creation Museum, also developed by Mr. Ham, which is located 41 miles northwest from Ark Encounter at Petersburg, Kentucky.
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