Steven Christenson

Steven Christenson

Biology Department Chair


Steven Christenson was born and raised in Quincy, California, near Lake Tahoe. He served as a full-time missionary in the Chile Santiago North Mission. Steven graduated Magna Cum Laude in honors zoology from BYU and earned a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of California, Davis. Part of his connection to BYU-Idaho comes from his great grandfather, Andrew B. Christenson, who was an early president of Rick’s College. Steve was hired at BYU-Idaho in 2003 and is now the biology department chair.

Steven met his wife, Jennifer, when she attended his family’s Thanksgiving dinner. They have been married for 24 years and have one daughter and two sons. Steven’s main hobby is woodworking, but he also enjoys reading, skiing, and strategy games. Steven has served in many capacities in the Church, including Stake High Councilor, ward and stake Young Men president, and Scoutmaster. He has also served in three bishoprics, and currently serves as a bishop on campus.

Spiritual Preparation

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What experience have you had where new understanding or insight caused you to see and feel more positively about another person? What were you prompted to do in response?