Ryan has a heart for student ministry at Xenos because he came to Christ through a high school group back in 1994. "I was a rebel at heart and wanted nothing to do with God," Ryan said. "I was pursued by friends who attended multiple churches, but I didn't see a compelling reason to become a Christian. At the end of my senior year of high school, I got invited to a Bible study at Dave and Amy Merker's house. I was intrigued by Xenos' casual style and intellectual honesty. I used to come and grill Den (Dennis McCallum) and Gordy (Jeff Gordon), trying to poke holes in the Bible... The Bible won."
After 14 years in the high school and college ministries, Ryan and his wife, Jessica, decided to "go adult." "It wasn't a real pretty transition back then. Things have gotten a lot better since we came up 8 years ago, but we still have more work to do."
Ryan is now a major advocate for adult work. "What can I say? I love a challenge," he says with a grin. "I think adult ministry is exciting because there's so much opportunity for innovation, and a never ending array of new puzzles to figure out."
Ryan enjoys grape gorgonzola pizza and his favorite trip was to Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Park. He is married to Jessie, his "warrior princess", and has two children.