Ryan was raised in Austin and actually became a member of Oak Hill UMC way back in the mid-90s while in high school. He was active in the youth ministry and the youth choir and remained active in the church during his college years while attending the University of Texas. He graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in Finance, but before stepping into a career in banking he recognized a call to ministry and headed north to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary outside of Chicago. In 2007, Ryan graduated with his Master of Divinity and headed back to Texas to begin his first appointment at First UMC (San Marcos). Since then he has served in two other appointments: the United Campus Ministry (Texas State University) and First UMC (Victoria).
Ryan’s passion for ministry comes from working with young people, and he has had the great privilege of doing so in each of his appointments over the years. He loves the transformation that happens on mission trips and retreats, but also enjoys witnessing the everyday growth young people experience as they struggle with and begin to own their faith. Living life with people is what it’s all about for Ryan, and he appreciates the opportunity to bring encouragement into those relationships along the way.
Some of the things Ryan enjoys doing are watching movies, reading books, and hanging out with his wife and kids. But, when it comes right down to it, he is a game enthusiast. Whether it’s playing crazy games throwing hotdogs or popping balloons full of shaving cream with the youth, rounding up some folks for some lawn games, or dusting off the board games, cards, or dominoes, he loves to have fun. But just know that once the games are out, Ryan is no longer responsible for his competitive streak.