The Bible Answer Man: Walter Martin and Hank Hanegraaff: Dr. Martin’s Daughter Reflects on CRI’s Founder, Its History, and Its Current President

Cindee Martin Morgan is the daughter of the late Dr. Walter Martin, who was the founder and former president of the Christian Research Institute, and the original Bible Answer Man. Cindee was briefly on staff at the Christian Research Institute when her father led CRI. Cindee attended Grand Canyon University for two years — studying music,biblical studies, and creative writing — and is continuing her studies. Her first book, a pro-life time-travel novella titled Rescue Me, is available on Cindee has also written two powerful pro-life songs,”Who Will Save The Little Ones” and “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”(available on, produced by her husband Rick Morgan. Both compelling songs are heard worldwide on countless venues. Cindee and Rick have four daughters and six grandchildren. They make their home in Cottage Grove,Minnesota.

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 29, 2019)
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This book, while containing relevant biographical information, is not a biography of Walter Martin. It highlights the ministry God raised up through Walter Martin almost six decades ago, the Christian Research Institute (CRI), and unpacks some of its triumphs and trials. It is a daughter’s reflections on seasons of her father’s life — both public and private — and is, in a limited sense, a memoir.

It answers many questions, such as: What was it like to have Walter Martin as a father? (This is the question I am asked most frequently.) Was Walter Martin a dispensationalist, like his friend Hal Lindsey? Why was Walter Martin not invited back on the Trinity Broadcasting Network? What happened, behind the scenes, when he debated America’s most infamous atheist, Madalyn Murray O’Hair? Why didn’t he believe the Catholic Church is a cult? What happened, off camera, when Walter Martin debated Fr. Mitch Pacwa on The John Ankerberg Show? Would my father agree with CRI’s current assessment of the Local Church? How did God give Walter Martin the opportunity to witness to Muhammed Ali and Phil Donahue face-to-face? When did Anderson Cooper’s mother help the Martin family? How did the Lord make a way for the Osmond brothers to hear Walter Martin preach about Mormonism? Did my father believe the gift of healing is for today? Many Walter Martin tributes from well-known leaders are also included.

This book is also an honest look at CRI’s president, Hank Hanegraaff, and the controversy that shook the Evangelical world when he joined the Greek Orthodox Church. Do his beliefs conflict with the gospel handed down through the ages? Would Walter Martin have viewed him as an apostate? A look at what Walter Martin, Martin Luther, J. C. Ryle, J. I. Packer, and C. S. Lewis believed might give you serious pause as to how to answer this important question.
In addition, this book includes an in-depth interview with Hank Hanegraaff, the president of the Christian Research Institute. Hank discusses his faith, his family, CRI, and his friendship with Walter Martin — including rarely heard details about the moments after Hank learned of his death — and his friendship with R. C. Sproul and others.

Cindee Martin Morgan has written an insightful historical work summarizing the life and ministry of her father, Walter R. Martin. Walter has been widely acclaimed as the father of the cult and countercult movement. He was the founder of a highly influential countercult ministry, the Christian Research Institute, which eventually spawned the popular Bible Answer Man broadcast program.

Cindee Martin Morgan provides an insider’s view of the struggles and victories in both the Martin family and his international ministry. In the process, she explains many of the successes and controversies associated with CRI. Prominently presented within is Walter’s friendship and ministerial relationship with his personally appointed successor Hank Hanegraaff. Hanegraaff’s controversial conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy is presented in much detail in the later chapters. Given the significance of this ministry and of these men, Cindee’s book should be of great interest to those who are interested in Christianity in America today.

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., ThD
Director of GoodBirth Ministries

For those interested in an up-close-and-personal, behind-the-scenes look at the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of one of the world’s premier apologetics ministries, The Bible Answer Man by Walter Martin’s daughter Cindee provides fascinating insights into a remarkable history of two men committed to transforming the world with the truths of God’s Word.

Larry F. Johnston
President of McConkey/Johnston International

I can’t recommend highly enough Cindee Martin Morgan’s new book… This wonderful read breaks down the life of two amazing men of God and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how God used these two men in a powerful way to build the Christian Research Institute (CRI) into one of the most impactful and Kingdom-furthering Christian ministries the world has ever known. Cindee Martin Morgan gives her firsthand account of how these two men changed her life, and have helped to change the life of millions for good. Her writing is beautiful and winsome, and her storytelling gift makes it feel like you’re a firsthand witness. Read The Bible Answer Man as soon as you can!

Matt Barber
Cofounder and General Counsel of Christian Civil Rights Watch (CCRW)

Cindee Martin Morgan, in this manuscript, provides an important historical account of the ministry and history of her father, Walter R. Martin, and the Christian Research Institute.

Francis J. Beckwith
Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies (Department of
Associate Director of Graduate Studies (Department of Philosophy),
Baylor University

This work propels the reader back in time, revealing what it was like to be raised by the father of the countercult movement painted across the backdrop of Walter Martin’s riveting interactions with famous figures… Both these incredible men have impacted my life in profound ways, giving me the theological groundwork for my prolife work. This book is sure to bless those, like me, who have been helped by CRI — a ministry that has endured for more than half a century.

Troy Newman
President of Operation Rescue
Cofounder of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP)

Cindee does a masterful job in this powerful memoir of chronicling the life of her father and his dedication to defending God’s truth, with the establishment of the Christian Research Institute.

Randy Noble
Christian Author
Host of the Radio Program, The Cross in the Desert: Speaking Hope and Freedom to Iran

This book brilliantly brings two wonderful godly men’s journeys into full view and shows how God navigated the circumstances that brought them together for the divine purpose of equipping believers to defend the faith that was once and for all delivered unto the saints!

Wayne C. Cooper
Pastor, Teacher
Lincoln Avenue Christian Church
Pasadena, California

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