Where Science and Faith Converge

Faculty & Staff

All of the instructors involved with Reasons Institute are accomplished scholars. They also share a common conviction that the Bible is the error-free word of God, believe in Jesus Christ as their Creator and Savior, and adhere to RTB's Statement of Faith.

RTB Staff Scholars

Dean of Online Learning

  • Krista Bontrager, M.A. in theology; M.A. in Bible Exposition, Talbot School of Theology

Adjunct Lecturers

  • Erica Carlson, Ph.D. in physics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Patrick McGuire, M.S. in mechanical engineering, University of New Mexico
  • David Rogstad, Ph.D. in physics, Caltech

Online Instructors

  • Dan Bakken, M.A. – Dan worked as an engineer at Galaxy Compound Semiconductors, Inc. and now teaches astronomy part time at Spokane Falls Community College. He's also been involved in amateur astronomy and telescope building for about 40 years. Dan has a B.Sc. in Physics, a M.A. in Christian Apologetics, and a M.A. in Science and Religion from Biola University. He is also a certified RTB Volunteer Apologist and an adult Sunday School teacher at his church. Dan oversees the certificate section of the "Astronomy and Design" and "Creation and the Bible" courses.

  • John A. Battle, Th.D. – Dr. Battle is the president of Western Reformed Seminary and professor of New Testament and Theology. John oversees the "Creation and the Bible" course.

  • Colin Burgess - Colin's desire is to see Christians become articulate and confident in advocating for their faith. He has earned several certificates from the University of Edinburgh related to the philosophy of science and religion. Colin also holds a certificate in apologetics from Biola, and the advanced certificate in Science Apologetics. He also has an interest in the growing field of data science and machine learning. Colin is the online instructor for the "Evangelism in a Scientific Context" course.

  • Richard Deem, Ms.c. – Mr. Deem has a B.sc. in Biological Sciences and a M.sc. in Medical Microbiology, having worked 34 years in immunology, molecular biology and genetics, at a UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Rich is the online instructor for the "Advanced Seminar in Human Origins" course.
  • Rick Gerhardt, M.Sc., M.A. – Mr. Gerhardt is a biologist/ecologist, working as a wildlife researcher and consultant. He has a M.Sc. in raptor biology and a M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He is also a certified RTB Volunteer Apologist and an elder in his church. Rick oversees the "Creation vs. Evolution" course for Hope International University. You can check out his blog, Peregrinations.

  • Guirino Lancia, Phar.D. – Dr. Lancia is from Ohio and is a licensed Pharmacist and Nursing Home Administrator and owner. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Christian Apologetics with an emphasis in Science Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Guirino is the online instructor for RTB's Origin of Life course.

  • Mark Perez, M.A., M.P.A. – Mr. Perez is a retired Deputy Chief from the Los Angeles Police Department and holds a M.A. in philosophy (principally, Philosophy of Science), a California State University Certificate in Critical Thinking, and an M.P.A. focusing on organizational development and employee performance. Mark facilitates the "Critical Thinking Skills" and "Evangelism in a Scientific Context" courses.

  • Brandon Reddell, Ph.D - Dr. Reddell works at the NASA Johnson Space Center and teaches physics and astronomy at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, as an adjunct professor.

    He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Houston (focus area is in high energy/space physics) and most of his work has been focused on ionizing radiation problems associated with human spaceflight. Currently he is an Assistant Program Scientist for the International Space Station Program. Brandon is the president of the Houston chapter of RTB and the online instructor for the "Advanced Astronomy and Design" course.


  • Ric Saenz, MPhil - Mr Saenz earned a Master's degree in philosophy from Cal State Los Angeles and a Bachelor's degree in philosophy from Biola University. He has taught apologetics and theology at his church for more than 15 years. He is a Workers Compensation Claims Examiner and oversees the "World Religions and Science" course.

Scholar Community Manager

  • George R. Haraksin II George holds a B.A. in comparative religions from California State University, Fullerton and an M.A. in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He also currently serves as a senior adjunct professor in philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University (CA) where he has taught since 2002. For the last eight years he has also served on the adjunct faculty for Tozer Seminary, Simpson University (CA). George has a long history with RTB. While in college, he would drive 30-miles to the old RTB Sierra Madre office in southern California to retrieve Dr. Ross’s white papers on various science and faith topics. The papers were all stuffed in cubby-holes in the back of the office waiting to be mailed to interested learners.


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