The Field Guides
John graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors degree in Geography. He is a Young Life leader, Vice President of the Design Science Association, and a veteran tour leader. As part of a creation research team, he has co-authored road guides of National Parks. John lives in Hood River, OR where he and his wife Rhea own and operate a retail garden center. They have two children, Katie and Andrew.
Steve is a graduate of Oregon State University with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife and Southern Oregon State with an M.S. in Outdoor Education. He taught Jr. High and High School science and worldview classes at Damascus Christian School for 26 years, retiring in 2009. Besides working with Creation Encounter, Steve does volunteer work for the school where he formerly taught.
Dennis began collecting fossils as a youth in Montana. He followed his interest in paleontology earning a MS degree in Geology from Montana State University with additional study in biology. His 28 years as an educator include 13 years as an Adjunct Professor of Geology at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, OR. Dennis and his wife Yvonne live in Hood River, OR. He has done research in Bolivia, Peru, and Nepal, trekking to a Mt. Everest Base Camp.
Marianne has been part of the Creation Encounter team since 2012. One of her greatest joys is to share the wonder of Christ’s creation with others. She has a BA in Art from Marylhurst University and shares her artistic gifts researching and illustrating images for our guide books and photographing our field trips and sharing them on social media. She co-hosted Eric Hovind’s Creation Today “Battleship Apologetics” TV Show season 4 and 5 equipping youth with answers for why we believe. Marianne is also involved in the Design Science Association as a board member and program committee member.
Caitlin was born with a fascination of insects, which developed into an interest in studying butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), their habitat and life histories. She has a B.A. in Geography, a M.S. in Environmental Science and currently work as a GIS analyst. Her love of butterflies has now developed into writing and self-publishing books, providing GIS consultation and occasionally lecturing on various butterfly topics, in addition to helping with Creation Encounter field trips.
Beginning from a young age, Arthur was always outside catching insects and as he grew older this turned into collecting beetles and studying them along with various other bugs. He loves creation for what it declares to him of his Creator, and as a field guide for Creation Encounter enjoys sharing these wonders with others. Arthur is also involved with his church’s children’s ministry, works as a software developer in Portland, and lives in Gresham, OR.