Anthony Handal, Religion and Chaplain

Anthony Handal was raised, in part, by the woods of Tennessee. Here he spent long hours navigating the poison ivy and Virginia creeper covered hillsides of his rural home. While quietly listening to the voices of eastern hemlock and drinking in the melodic chorus of creek rocks enjoying the summer wash, he felt compelled to deepen the relationship of the created with the Creator. Here, amidst fog and valley, Mr. Handal resolved to bring people into communion with God through exploration of nature and the nurturing of scripture.

His circuitous journey has brought him here where he will continue to combine Word and wilderness in teaching Outdoor Education as well as sophomore and junior religion classes. Mr. Handal believes that society’s’ lack of studying God’s Word through the lens of His creation is one of our greatest shortcomings.

He often quotes one of his favorite writers, John Muir, “No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself.”

In his spare time, Mr. Handal enjoys challenging mind and body through running and do-it-yourself projects. While he is, admittedly, master of few things, he enjoys being a jack of many trades.

When he and his wife Corina are not at Rio, the Handals love spending time snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, camping, exploring, cooking, and time with family. Look to their coming, at the first light, on the fifth day. At dawn, look to the east.

Contact Info

Email: gro.o1561003895dnilo1561003895ir@la1561003895dnaha1561003895

Educational Background

B.A. Religious Education

Responsibilities at Rio

Teaches junior religion and serves as Chaplain

Serves as

Teacher