About the Author

William James Herath

My name is William James Herath and as a kid I wanted to be a paleontologist.  The world seemed to be full of excitement and, like today, I had so many questions.  My parents realized the best way to respond to a constant stream of questions was to purchase the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.  From that point on, the response to my questions would be, “let’s go look it up.”


My father being a veterinarian and my mother a registered nurse, our home was an environment that fostered science.  Here is a quick list of my life:

 – I received my first computer at the age of nine.

 – My father enrolled me in 4-H.

 – In sixth grade, I won my first science fair.

 – In Junior High, my parents bought the family a camcorder, but it rarely left my hands.  My friends and I would make short films and documentaries.

 – I learned a second language in France as a Rotary Exchange Student.

 – By nineteen I learned my first computer language.

 – In college I worked with my father at his veterinary clinic, I learned much about the nature of science and medicine.  My father explained how things worked in his surgery room, x-ray booth, and blood work laboratory.

– Ultimately, I chose to study video production and landed my first job as a film editor for a show on PBS.

 – Within a few short years, I was married, moved to Los Angeles and was earning a living appearing in television commercials.

My wife and I had two children and began attending the Westside Vineyard.  I quickly started to help with the high school group and after four years of volunteering, I was asked to be the youth pastor.  During that time, I discovered that my students were struggling with evolution, of which catapulted me into something fascinating!  I wrote about it here: Why I Wrote the Book, What Is Evolution?


I still live in Los Angeles and have appeared in over forty television commercials, I speak around the country at the Truth Conferences with Josh McDowell, I am part of the Ratio Christi Speakers Bureau, I teach at area youth groups, and speak to high school and middle school students at summer camps and winter retreats.

Sometimes I do radio interviews.  Here are a couple of recordings, feel free to listen.  #01 & #02.

“How Did We Get Here?” is a short film I produced, click here to watch it for free.

If you would like me to speak at your event, please visit the CONTACT ME page to request booking information.