Ryan’s Story

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Ryan has been ministering to families for almost two decades. He served as Senior Pastor of Bannockburn Baptist Church in Austin, Texas for a decade from 2004 to 2014, when God called him to Katy, Texas to serve Kingsland Baptist Church as their Senior Pastor.  Pastor Ryan has led the implementation of a comprehensive, cross-generational effort to connect church and home life.  The “Faith Breakthroughs” process that serves as the centerpiece of this strategy has become a launching point for other churches across the country, and he has become a national voice for the growing “Faith at Home” movement.

 

Prior to returning to Texas – the place of his upbringing, Ryan served as the Family Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He has hosted numerous radio and television programs on the subject of family life.  He has authored two books. Home on Time: Life Management by the Book is a look at Psalm 90 that is helping lead families away from the chaos caused by living within the framework of a disorganized life.  Ryan’s second book, Walls: Why Everybody’s Stuck (and Nobody Has to Be), was released by Tyndale House Publishers in 2011, and shares the principles and stories of Faith Breakthroughs that have become an extraordinary part of church life at Bannockburn.

 

Ryan also serves as Adjunct Professor at Liberty University.  He teaches a course entitled, “Theology of the Family” he helped develop for undergraduate students in the School of Religion. Ryan and his wife Lana have three daughters: Ryley, Reagan, and Lily.

 

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and  Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.  He and his wife, Lana, have three daughters: Ryley, Reagan, and Lily.

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The spiritual barriers people face are countless, but they can be categorized into Eight Primary Walls. These walls correlate with the 8 primary breakthroughs that everyone needs.
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I am amazed at God's power.
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I have to guard against judging people when I learn they are dealing with tough circumstances.
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When I am facing a difficult situation, I feel like I can solve problems on my own.
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I believe God loves me in spite of who I am.
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When bad things happen, I feel like I am getting what I deserve.
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I feel with God's help, I can face any situation.
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I have a hard time trusting people.
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I have too many of my own problems to deal with the problems of others.
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I find myself more focused on the things I don't have but wish I did.
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I try to avoid temptations that would bring me harm.
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I feel I can turn to God for direction.
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I think that God will meet all my needs.
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I spend too much of my energy pursuing material things.
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It troubles me that God has not answered my prayers.
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I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.
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I worry that God is angry with me.
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I tend to expect the worst to happen.
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I believe truth is the same for everyone.
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I am confident God has forgiven me for my past.
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I feel strong relationships are hard, but worth it.
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When bad things happen, I wonder if God can make things better.
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I believe the Bible has answers for today's circumstances.
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It humbles me to think I can know God.
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I worry about the problems that the future holds.
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I know a lot of people, but don't feel very close to many people.
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I find myself drawn to things I know are bad for me.
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I am grateful for the things I have been given.
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I look forward to good things in my future.
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I am willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for something better down the road.
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I believe God is willing and able to answer my prayers.
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I believe God is loving and kind.
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People who have hurt me in the past cause me to avoid some relationships today.
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I am willing to serve others for nothing in return.
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I feel there is a disconnect between who I really am and how I act in front of other people.
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I am so busy that I find myself ignoring the most important things in my life.
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I don't believe anyone can ever know what is absolutely true.
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People would describe me as a giving person.
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I think God cares about the details of my life.
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My faith practices are more about routine than relationship.
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I believe God wants what is best for me.
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I feel compelled to make the world around me better.
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I observe things that make me wonder if I should believe the Bible.
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I question why God allowed certain things to happen in my life.
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The possibility of gaining a good friend is worth the risk.
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I have witnessed things that make me wonder if God is in control.
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When looking back on my life, I tend to focus on all of the things I did wrong.
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I am intentionally seeking to grow in my relationships with others.
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I have been wronged in the past in a way I cannot get over.
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