Ryan and his wife Kjirsti live in Connecticut and have five children: Owan, Clara, and Elsie are in high school, Annie is in middle school, and Braaten is in heaven. They attend Bethany LBC, East Hartland, CT. Ryan grew up in the faith at two CLB churches and has served three CLB churches; Bethel LC, Fergus Falls, MN; Bethany LBC, West Union, IA; and Praise Christian Fellowship, Barkhamsted, CT. Ryan is a graduate from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and Lutheran Brethren Seminary.  He also has a Doctorate of Ministry in Church and Parachurch Executive Leadership from Denver Seminary. Ryan has served on the Council of Directors, as an Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology at LBS, as Executive Director of Fifth Act Church Planting, and as Eastern Region Chairman. Since 2019 Ryan has been serving as the Associate Director of North American Mission and oversees church planting for the CLBA.

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