Stephen has begun playing the role of Mike on
Album #6. His real brother Alex is now playing the
role of Jonathan Park.
Why do you enjoy being part of the Jonathan Park project?
It’s a great way to spread the creation message and do my part for the Lord.
Why is the creation message important?
The creation message is important because it tells us that God created this world and
that means that He deserves all of our praise and our worship.
What is your favorite scripture, and why?
My favorite scripture is probably Proverbs 20: 11 which says, “Even a child is known by
his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right”. It reminds me that you are
known for what you do, both the good things and the bad, and I want to be remembered
as someone who loved and followed the Lord faithfully and diligently. I was reading 1
Peter recently and was just struck with this wonderful part about Christ in 1 Peter 2:18-
25 (specifically verses 22-24).
1 Peter 2:18-25 – 18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the
good and gentle, but also to the forward. 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for
conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when
ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and
suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were
ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should
follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when
he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed
himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own
body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose
stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned
unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Despite the fact that I had already known everything taught in verses 22-24, for some
reason they just popped out at me afresh and anew. Starting in verse 18, Peter
admonishes servants. “Servants” could be better understood today as “employees” or
something like that. In general, anyone who works for someone else could be considered
a servant. So then we can see that we are all servants at some time in our life, so this
applies to us. Peter tells servants to be subject to their masters – even the harsh ones. It
is thankworthy to suffer mistreatment under these masters, because, although there is
no glory in taking punishment patiently, it is acceptable to God to endure patiently when
you suffer for doing well.
And this is the reason why we were called: because Christ suffered on our behalf and
left us an example so we could walk in His footsteps: He never sinned or spoke
deceitfully. (That’s about 33 years without ever sinning! Now think of how many times
you sin per day!) He was slandered and caused to suffer, but He never retaliated. (How
prone we are to retaliation! To do otherwise seems so against our nature!) But He
committed Himself to the Righteous Judge. The world translated here as “commit” is the
same word used to describe what Judas Iscariot did to Jesus. Judas handed over or
betrayed Jesus. Jesus handed Himself over to the Righteous Judge! Now note this
incredible statement: “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body.” Notice how crazy
this is! Sinners deserve God’s judgment, but Jesus was no sinner. Yet He suffered and
bore our sins in His body and died the cursed death of the cross! What a wonderful
Savior we have! Now here is the purpose of such an action: so that, “we, being dead to
sins, should live unto righteousness.” The purpose of dying with our sins carried in His
own body was so that our sinful selves might die with Him, and now that He has risen, so
have we, so that we might live unto righteousness. When He was wounded, it was only
so we might be healed. We have been brought to Christ, forever safe in His fold being
guarded and kept by the Shepherd and Bishop (Overseer) of our souls.
What has the Lord been teaching you during this project?
There is more to do than just sit around and go to church, there are opportunities to
spread the word.
Can you share why you like being a part of the Jonathan Park project?
What I love about this project is that it shares the message of the Creator with such a
large and diverse audience. Not only does it strengthen and encourage Christians by
giving scientific proof that this world was created by God, it also proclaims the Gospel to
any unbelieving listeners. I am so thankful that God has placed me in this project and
that He is using me to bring glory to His name! I also enjoy working and spending time
with the other cast members. It’s a great blessing to be with these people. They are such
a fun-loving, God-fearing group! It’s really encouraging to see how God has brought
together such a diverse group of people for a common cause!
What do you hope the listeners will get from the broadcast?
My hope is that this project will bring many to Christianity and that it will strengthen the
faith of those already saved. I want the listeners to see that our faith is a reasonable
faith, one attested to by all creation, and that evolution is not true, scientific, or even
What was one of the funnest times you’ve had recording?
Probably the best time I've had recording was when we did the last episode in Album VI:
Hunt for the Priceless Treasure, mainly because it was the last one. Although I had some
more exciting scenes earlier in this album that were definitely fun to do, I wasn’t that
familiar with the process and with the people, so I felt a little uneasy. But by the last
episode I had become better equipped in knowing what was expected of me, and better
acquainted with the other actors. So doing these last scenes was much smoother and
much more fun.
How are you like your character?
I find myself to be quite similar to Mike in character. We both take a more serious and no-
nonsense approach to life than some (I am often teased for being too solemn!). Mike
excels at puzzle solving and strategy. Those aren’t my areas of expertise, but I am okay
How are you different from your character?
I don’t rock-climb and I don’t play football (except for the occasional game with a few
friends at a park over the summer). Mike is constantly teasing Eddie, but I don’t do a
whole lot myself. In the gang’s early days Mike was hesitant about Creationism at first
(mostly because of influence from school and the news), whereas God has given me
parents who have always been devoted to my spiritual welfare.
Tell us about your family.
I have three younger brothers, Alex, who plays Jonathan Park, Ben, who is younger than
Alex, and Daniel the youngest. My dad is an IT manager for BLBG and my mom home
schools us four kids.
How did you come to know the Lord?
My brothers and I have been raised in a Christian family and from the start have learned
that God created the world and that Jesus died for our sins. But I actually received the
Lord when I was about six years old.
What is your favorite creation evidence?
I’d have to say it’s irreducible complexity. That’s the idea that some things are SO
complex that if they were missing only one of the parts they need to work that the whole
thing would collapse. In an evolutionist’s mind that is a big problem. Lets consider what
an evolutionist would consider to be an early cell with no tail (I thinks its called a
flagellum). Lets say it evolved one part it needs to form the flagellum. That part wouldn’t
work on its own therefore providing no help to the cell. If it provides no help to the cell
then natural selection would “weed it out” and there would be no cells with flagella.
If you could say just one important thing to the listeners, what would it be?
Always realize that our faith is not founded on scientific proof. That is not to say there is
no proof for it. There is an enormous amount of evidence supporting the fact that God
created this world. Rather, we do not believe in God because of the proof we see. That
is impossible. Left to ourselves we will never acknowledge God as Savior despite the fact
that we have evidence for Him staring us in the face (Romans 1: 18-23). Instead of
following God, we forsook Him, ran to our idols, and wallowed dead in our sin. Therefore,
because of our great sinfulness and total inability to believe in Him, God, out of His great
love for us, had to first persuade and enable us to accept Jesus Christ, by convincing us
of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing
our wills. And so, having been persuaded and enabled to believe with renewed wills, we
can now see for ourselves proof that the Bible is true, proof that helps to bolster our
faith. But we must never let this proof become the reason why we believe God to have
created us. If we hold scientific truths to be the reason why we believe the Bible to be
true, then we have torn down our biblical foundation and replaced it with Science.
Science is not our ultimate authority. The Bible is our ultimate authority.