Rod Boothby was born in Bloomingdale, MI, and attended both Battle Creek Academy in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Sunnydale Adventist Academy in Missouri. He has an AAS degree as a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic, and for many years he managed a successful mobile home and construction company.
Rod has served in many church leadership roles, including vice chairman of the school board, youth leader, and Pathfinder director. He has two great passions: working with youth and a tremendous love of God’s second book, nature. He grew up on a farm and spent most of his boyhood days and nights outside in the forest, camping, exploring, and horseback riding. He has a special love for all creatures, their habitat, and most of all for their Creator, to whom all nature draws us more fully to appreciate and love. When Rod was a small boy, he attended many nature presentations given by our own “Ranger Jim” and considers him one of his great childhood mentors!
The Boothby family now lives in Northwest Montana. Their love for the Lord, nature, and young people has led them to develop a special ministry — a school for young men called "Mission Quest Academy," which offers “time-out” for young men ages 16+ to discover their potential and God’s purpose and plan for their lives. The school focuses on in-depth studies of God’s Word, character development, vocational training, and plenty of outdoor adventure. He is married to Marcia, and they have two daughters, Michelle and Alecia.
Ranger Rodd enjoyed being a part of the KidsTime ministry where he was able to share his love and knowledge of nature with children around the world!