Dr. Keith Swenson

Keith Swenson
Dr. Keith Swenson
  • Natural Sciences


Favorite Quote

“I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it.” –Unknown geologist

Natural history interest

Medical career

After graduating from college with a degree in zoology, I attended medical school and then completed specialty training in both dermatology and internal medicine. I practiced medicine for over 30 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corp, and in Rockford, Illinois and Portland, Oregon. I “retired” to work full-time teaching at Multnomah.


I am married to Connie and have four grown children. As a family, we enjoy traveling and over the years have visited China, Russia, Europe, and Latin America. My favorite trip was a birding expedition in the rainforest of the Peruvian Amazon.

Spiritual journey

I was raised in the Evangelical Covenant Church and became a believer in Jesus Christ at an early age. For many years, I struggled to reconcile my scientific interests with my biblical faith. Under the teaching of Dr. Donald Chittick at what was then called Multnomah School of the Bible, I first realized that one can readily interpret data from the natural world based upon a straight-forward understanding of Scripture. In my classes, I recommend this approach to my students, but also provide balance by explaining the teachings of evolutionism and old-earth creationism.