Community Outreach Pastor
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Lk 4:18-19, 21
The mission and ministry of Christ is to bring about the redemption of the whole world! For those who trust in Christ, our personal brokenness is healed and we become a new creation. This means, among other things, that we see the world in a whole new way. We are to be deeply concerned for those with no voice, for those who are hurting and suffering, and for those who are helpless and hopeless. Furthermore, the church should call to account those powers which keep them in such estate. The redemption of the world is the heartbeat of Ryan, his family, and his ministry.
The redemptive story has been a theme in Ryan’s life. Ryan grew up admiring church and religion, and always felt a desire to participate in the church. However, he had a difficult time figuring out how it all fit together. Jesus, God, the cross, prophets, and John 3:16 were all things that Ryan was aware of but he did not know how to make sense of it all. The summer before his senior year in high school, Ryan finally understood that his sins had caused brokenness in his relationship with God. Jesus’ death and resurrection were the very thing that could repair that brokenness, if only he would trust in it. This was the essence of John 3:16, which Ryan had memorized as a boy.
In college, Ryan had to take an honest inventory of prejudices and stereotypes, which were ingrained in his heart. He began to see the incompatibility of having faith in Jesus and seeing other people as inferior. The redemptive nature of the gospel began to uproot these deeply held prejudices. It was this transformative process that fuels Ryan’s passion to raise awareness of racial and social injustices that infiltrate our churches.
Ryan and Andrea met while serving in Youth Impact in 1998. They married in 2003 and their twins (Davis and Berkley) were born in 2007. With the exception of a 1-year stint in Austin, they have lived in College Station since 1997 and have loved growing with the city. Andrea is currently the Educational /Mental Health/Disabilities specialist for the College Station Head Start.
Ryan graduated from Anderson High School in Austin, Tx in 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Texas A&M in 2001 and is currently finishing his Masters in Christian Ministry through Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He will complete this degree in December 2014.