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Mike Snavely

Mike Snavely

Mike Snavely was reared in South Africa, the son of missionary parents. His father was a bush pilot for a rural mission hospital. Throughout his life he has been fascinated with wildlife. Growing up in an area that teemed with remarkable creatures, he had a wide variety of “pets” and interesting experiences. After graduating from Oak Hills Bible College in Minnesota in 1979, he returned to South Africa to work for the National Parks Service in the world-famous Kruger Park. In some circles, this has earned him the nickname, "Ranger Mike". Following this, he began a career as an African wildlife artist. In 1985 he married Carrie Baum who grew up near Hershey, Pa. In 1986 they returned to South Africa with TEAM and served by teaching at Durban Bible College. Since returning to the U.S. they have developed a ministry of teaching creation (vs. evolution) through a series of seminars, and using nature and wildlife as a basis. They established Mission Imperative in 1995 as a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation. The ministry necessitates much travel, both in this country and abroad. Mike and Carrie have home-educated their three children since 1991 {Luke (1986), John (1989) and Laura (1991)}. The “creation model” seminars Mike has developed are not dry lectures, nor does he speak over people’s heads. His approach is to make these sessions as interesting and understandable as possible so the information will be remembered. He uses PowerPoint, video, puppets (and other props), and sometimes live animal demonstrations. The use of humor adds to the interest. Mike is the author of "Creation or Evolution, A Home-Study Curriculum". Additionally, his ministry has produced 7 DVDs of his sessions.

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