IMG 2191aa copyPastor Ryan came from different homes and was in and out of church during his childhood. When he was nine years old he was convicted by the Holy Spirit during a Friday Night Revival meeting at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Wilkesboro, NC. He came to an old-fashioned altar and got gloriously saved. After many years of struggle Pastor Ryan joined Cherry Grove Baptist Church in Wilkesboro, NC where has was trained and discipled. In 2005 Pastor Ryan surrendered to the Lord in the area of Missions and spent seven months in Arequipa, Peru where he attended Bible College and taught English in a local church. It was there he met his precious wife Bethany who was also serving the Lord in medical missions. The Lord called him to preach in November 2006. During his time at Cherry Grove he served in several capacities such as teaching Sunday school, coordinating some of the mission outreaches, starting a Spanish church, and serving as Children’s Church Pastor. He also completed his bachelor degree during this time. Pastor Ryan moved to Alexander County and began ministering in the local area. The Lord led him to start an after school Bible Club that ministered to about 130 students every week. He then served as Youth Pastor for three years before the Lord led him into full-time ministry as Senior Pastor at Rocky Face Baptist Church.

Pastor Ryan is passionate about preaching and discipleship. He adores his family and wants to see people come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He has a vision to reach the world with the Gospel and believes that “every part of the church has a part”. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking and spending time with his family.