The founder’s zeal for whitewater rafting began back in 1977 when “Grandpa” decided to take his teenage son, Dwight, rafting on a two week adventure on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It was during this adventure that their strained relationship was transformed. Whether it was the rapids, awesome southwestern canyons, side hikes, fireside chats or just shared experiences, their relationship had changed for the better.
After graduating from Azuza Pacific University with a BA in Outdoor Recreation, Dwight realized he had 3 passions in life: 1) God 2) Family 3) Outdoor Adventure. In 1991 Dwight and his wife and children moved to Colorado and found rafting to be a fun and exciting activity for their family. Soon, they bought their own raft and Dwight became certified as an official river guide. Before long, family vacations and outings with friends were centered around rivers and boating. One thing led to another and they realized that these shared experiences could be extended to others as well. That’s when they decided to start VFH and started promoting whitewater rafting to anyone willing to join them on a great adventure.
Dwight and his family continued to build VFH for many years, until November 2011, when VFH was purchased by Journey Quest, a non-profit wilderness ministry. Journey Quest plans to continue to operate Vessels for Honor in addition to providing several other outdoor adventures.