More Christians, UFOs and Hints at a Secret
February 10, 2013



Noah Hutchings

Legendary Broadcaster Noah Hutchings’ UFO Encounter


Dr. Noah Hutchings, president of Southwest Radio Ministries in Oklahoma City, has been in Christian broadcasting for more than sixty years.


He has written over a hundred books and booklets covering Bible commentary and prophetic topics and has led mission tours to the continents of Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa, as well as the Middle East. What many may not know is, like Tom Horn and Gary Stearman, he, too, is a Christian who witnessed firsthand what some today call UFOs.


We asked him to send us a short report of what he saw and when, and he happily replied:

In 1939 I lived with my family on a farm in SE Oklahoma, five miles south of Hugo, the county seat. At the time I was 15 years old. I daily rode the school bus at a pick up point about one half mile east of my home. I would usually cut across a short cut to and from the bus stop through a semi-wooded pasture.

One evening in, what I remember was October, as I was walking through the pasture toward my home, the sun was just setting. As I glanced northward past a grove of trees, an intense bright and glowing object suddenly ascended over the woods into the sky. About three seconds later as I watched, another object rose up and followed the same trajectory, followed by a third object a few seconds later doing the same. Then all three objects, radiating orange, white, and blue, lined up to form a triangle in the sky.

I sat down until it was dark and watched waiting to see if they would move. Later I walked the short distance to my home where my mother had saved supper for me. After eating, I rushed back to see if the three objects were still up in the sky, but they were gone.

At the time I was 15 years old, but there are some events in life so dramatic or beyond the ordinary that you never forget them. This was one of those incidents.

Years later, in 1942, I was called for Army duty in World War II. After basic training in Field Artillery Fire Direction I was sent overseas to New Caledonia for assignment. I was checking out a new radar to detect and identify all aircraft within fifty miles of our port. Attached to the radar unit were cables leading to sixteen anti-aircraft guns that could land a 90 mm shell in the lap of a Japanese fighter pilot at 12,000 feet.


About half way through World War II, the Japanese converted all their military aircraft into Kamikaze planes, and the land based 90s were not effective in anti-Kamikaze attacks. I was thrown a set of firing tables for the 90s and spent the rest of the war supervising field artillery operations for the First Calvary Armored Division.

In the 18 months I operated a radar system I kept in mind the three objects I had seen on a late afternoon in 1939. However, I never picked up another thing in the sky that I could not identify, including a pelican that had swallowed a piece of gum from one of the ships that had been thrown overboard with the garbage. But no UFOs.

I remain convinced that the three objects I saw suddenly rising swiftly into the sky in 1939 [were] something beyond the identification and scientific knowledge of that time, or even today...


I think we have to consider seriously many of the seemingly reliable reports of UFO activity today, especially that of five retired Air force officers [ii] who testified of the problems with UFOs during their service years.


Whether UFOs are something out of another dimension or angelic visitors from heavenly places is something that someday will be determined.


Dr. Walter Martin Had Time to Snap a Picture of the UFO

Broadcaster, debater, and lecturer Dr. Walter Martin was a recognized Christian apologist who passed away in 1989. He pioneered organizations in the Christian counterculture movement including the Christian Research Institute in 1960 for Christian apologetics.





Martin’s colleagues included well-known radio Bible teacher Donald Grey Barnhouse; noted lawyer, professor, and Lutheran theologian John Warwick Montgomery; and founder of the Koinonia House ministry based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Dr. Chuck Missler.


But, as with Tom Horn, Gary Stearman, and Noah Hutchings, most people probably do not know that the cult-buster also had a UFO encounter. In fact, he and his partner even had time to take a clear picture of it as it hung suspended above a seminary.


From a portion of his 1970s UFO presentation, we transcribed the following short excerpt:

I possess, and it has been printed, the only color picture of a UFO, taken at an altitude of eight hundred feet, on a clear day in New Jersey, hovering near a seminary.


And this particular one [the UFO picture], generally, I blow up on a wall about ten by fifteen feet so people can see it…and we have blown up large pictures of it… is of a circular ship with opaque windows circling it. Its dimensions, as far as we were able to determine, figure about fifty to seventy-five feet across and at least fifty feet thick. It made no noise whatsoever; it was bluish-grey in color. It hovered and then lazily took off, straight up over the mountains.


My assistant took the picture with a 35-millimeter camera on a clear day. And that picture was used on the front cover of a national publication as the first “bonafide UFO sighting, verified by unimpeachable sources.”


After all, seminary professors would hardly be lying about Unidentified Flying Objects [sounds of audience laughing]. Particularly since my assistant who took the picture didn’t believe they existed until he took the picture.


Now, he is a firm believer in the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects…

The question in my mind is not “what,” but “who.” I know what they are. Hynek knows what they are [Dr. Josef Allen Hynek was a United States astronomer, professor, and lead scientific adviser for UFO studies undertaken by the US Air Force under Project Sign, Project Grudge, and Project Blue Book].


The United States government knows what they are. The Soviet government knows what they are.… They are some form of extremely sophisticated aircraft, not made by any government occupying territory on our Earth that we know of…


[Dr. Martin went on to explain his belief about the “who” that is piloting UFOs. He concluded they are demonic agents of deception].


The Difference between UFO Sightings and Alien Abduction

Because efforts have been made in some circles to renounce all unexplainable UFO activity as demonic and/or lump this phenomenon together with so-called alien abduction, we have listed below the current evolution of UFO encounter “types” as first developed by J. Allen Hynek and then revised in succeeding years:

  1. Close Encounters of the First Kind (CEI) involve “visual” sightings of an Unidentified Flying Object.

  2. Close Encounters of the Second Kind (CEII) include visual plus physical traces such as burned spots on the ground, radiation, strange markings, or wreckage debris appropriate for investigation.

  3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CEIII) involve sightings of the UFO “occupants” near the UFO.

  4. Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind (CEIV) include a human abducted by a UFO or its occupants (this was not included in Hynek’s original scale).

  5. Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind (CEV), developed by Steven M. Greer’s Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) group, are described as “joint, bilateral contact events produced through the conscious, voluntary, and proactive human-initiated or cooperative communication with extraterrestrial intelligence.”[iv]

  6. Close Encounters of the Sixth Kind (CEVI) are described as “UFO incidents that cause direct injury or death.”[v]

  7. Close Encounters of the Seventh Kind (CEVII) involve abduction for the purpose of mingling human and extraterrestrial “DNA” to produce a hybrid.

“Close Encounters of the First Kind” is how we would describe the testimonies of Tom and Nita Horn, Gary Stearman, Noah Hutchings, and Walter Martin.


They saw something that appeared to be solid, operated under what appeared to be intelligent control, yet defied identification and behaved in ways inconsistent with physical laws of the universe as we understand them.


The UFOs could have been good, evil, or neither, but they were extraordinary, whatever they were.

For Tom Horn, the question over “what” and “who” UFOs and aliens are began a long time ago.

In fact, it dates back to his childhood. He was not yet a teenager when his father, Clarence, a Korean War veteran and territory officer in the state of Arizona, came home one day very excited.


He’d been deer hunting not too far from Snowflake, Arizona. This was an area that Clarence loved to travel to, if for no other reason than that the man loved to drive (as anybody who knew him would testify, especially his kids), including along the Salt River Canyon into Payson and on up into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. He’d stop at every little town along the way, including Show Low, an early settlement town named after a famous poker player.


On this particular trip, Clarence had parked in the woods and was on foot, following an animal trail near Snowflake that he was very familiar with.


He headed toward a waterhole that antelope, elk, and mule deer (his target) were known to habit, and that’s when he came across something that had not been there before: several large, near-perfect, spherical craters, perhaps twenty feet across and eight feet deep.


The mysterious cavities were so precise that it looked as if an enormous, white-hot ball had pushed them into the rock, and the finish on the walls was sealed so perfectly that rainwater filled the orbs.


The sides of the holes were slick, not like they would have been if explosives had been used to create them (or somehow if gigantic drilling equipment had been lowered by a military transport helicopter into the remote location without disturbing the natural habitat or leaving behind signs of commercial or military activity), and each “pool” contained deer that had fallen in and drowned while attempting to drink the water.

Clarence took pictures of the obscure holes, had them developed, and showed them to the family.


Tom remembers being especially impressed. Clarence also reported the finding to the police department where he worked and led a representative of the Army Corps of Engineers to the location. The origin of the puzzling craters was never determined, including by locals who frequented the area and thought they had appeared overnight.


The Corps of Engineers also could not determine how the holes were made or what they could have been for. The Phoenix Gazette ran an article called “Mysterious Mountain Holes” about the discovery, reprinting photographs of Clarence kneeling beside the orbs with his 30-06 hunting rifle, and not long afterward, the Corps dynamited the pools so they would fill with rocks and protect the wildlife.


About the same time, Tom’s “crazy” aunt who lived next door to his family and whom nobody paid attention to was petrified by what she claimed was a dish-shaped object hovering above their home.


But as they all knew, she was “nuts,” so that, for a while, seemed to be the end of the story.


One of the holes Clarence Horn found. Bend in old
picture distorts perfect circular pattern at top.

Officer Clarence Horn in the late ’50s–early ’60s


However, years later, something else happened near the site.


On November 5, 1975, along the northeastern ridge of the same mountain range, Travis Walton stepped out of his pick-up to look at a mysterious, glowing object. While a crew of loggers waited nearby, Travis approached the UFO and was jolted by a blast of inexplicable energy.


As his companions fled in terror, Travis was taken aboard the alien spacecraft and subjected to a variety of physical examinations. His story, Fire in the Sky, became a motion picture. It reports what’s considered to be the best documented account of a UFO abduction ever recorded.


Is Travis Walton’s story true? Was there a connection between the Walton UFO and the mysterious mountain holes?


Travis wanted to know, and once gave Horn his business card in Roswell, New Mexico, and asked him to call. Horn never did, but now, for the first time ever, Tom will be disclosing in Exo-Vaticana part of what legendary American radio broadcaster, Paul Harvey, used to call “the rest of the story.”

Throughout the first two decades of his public ministry, and to the largest extent since, Tom Horn has held this secret. It involves a mystery concerning his family that he could neither understand nor talk about.


What Tom could not have known, of course, was what would follow his father's discovery: a series of disturbing events in his family that would crystallize something so preternatural and improbable that it nearly defied incredulity.


In fact, it would have been easy for him to dismiss it all as too fantastic to be real... that is, if it had not been for the detectives, federal employees and attorneys, a vanished nuclear physicist from Los Alamos, Stephen Spielberg, and even a recording of their voice and a picture of one of them that would follow.



[EDITORS NOTE: As Tom said on radio with Steve Quayle recently, he will not allow us to publish "The Mysterious Case Of XXXX XXXX" online nor will he discuss it on radio, but the decades old secret will be documented in the upcoming book Exo-Vaticana].





[i] Noah Hutchings (author of over one hundred Christian books and president of Southwest Radio Ministries in Oklahoma City since April 1951), in discussion over personal email communication with the author, Thomas R. Horn, between 2011–2012.

[ii] Clay Dillow, “Former Air Force Officers Claim UFOs Visited Bases, Tampered with Nukes,” Popular Science, September, 28, 2012,

[iii] Dr. Walter Martin, “A Christian View: UFO Encounters,” audio recording, Sermon Audio, last accessed January 15, 2013, This audio sermon was also included as a transcript in the following book: Dr. Walter Martin, Jill Martin Rische, and Kurt van Gorden, The Kingdom of the Occult (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc., 2008).

[iv] “Close encounter,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, last modified January 4, 2013,

[v] Ibid.

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