Ryan has been involved with youth and young adult ministry for many years, serving as a Campus Minister at the University of Missouri Newman Center from 1997-2001. He and his wife, Jill, worked as missionaries in New Zealand in the fall of 2000, and from 2001-2008, Ryan served as the Director for Youth Arise North America in Tempe, AZ. Ryan and Jill now live in West St. Paul where they are raising their four sons surrounded by a whole menagerie of wild animals collected by their children.
Besides bringing up four amazing boys, Ryan’s claim to fame is beating an NBA basketball player in a 3-point shooting contest. His favorite Bible verse is, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)