Once glance around Pastor Ryan's office reveals clues about pivotal points in his life. A shield adorns one wall, and on a bookcase are figurines of knights surrounding a round table. Chess pieces stand guard on the desk and throughout the office. The items remind Ryan of his sophomore year in college when a campus pastor, Michael Miller, who has become Ryan’s best friend and accountability partner, invited him to a small group study called Kings of the Round. "It was about developing a mission purpose statement and identifying who you are in Christ," he says. "That group changed my life because it showed me how to strategically serve the Lord."
Ryan's role at LCC fits his passions, interests and past work experience at Liberty. He is diligent to keep the office, support staff and various departments running smoothly and effectively.
Family: Ryan and Madison have been married since June 2011 and have a daughter, Reagan Jean who was born in January 2015.
Saved: Ryan accepted Christ at age 5 at children's church and later realized as a 17-year-old that God was calling him to ministry. "I was at the Bill Rice Ranch; I fought God on it because I wanted to be a principal. I laid in a bunk one night wrestling with God about it, and I knew I was supposed to be in ministry." Ryan’s Youth Pastor, Jerry Greco, was also a big influence in his decision to answer the call to full-time ministry.
Education: Bachelor's in Youth Ministry with a Minor in Biblical Studies, Liberty University; Master of Arts in Religion in Church Ministry, Liberty University.
Ministry: Ryan has always been active in his home church and served as an intern in the youth ministry in 2007. In July of 2012, Ryan was also ordained at Temple Baptist. As a college student, he served as a Prayer Leader, Spiritual Life Director, and Resident Assistant. He worked full-time at Liberty as an Associate Director of Administration and Associate Director of Male Leadership before coming to LCC.
Favorite Scriptures: His life verse - Proverbs 4:18 - “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.”
Three words that best describe him: Responsible, Strategic and Determined
Hobbies: Ryan enjoys reading, as well as getting outdoors by hiking, camping and anything in the water. He loves spending time with his family whether by playing board games or simply sitting around the table talking with a cup of coffee.