Ryan was born in Iowa, raised in Minnesota, but has lived in Philadelphia and New Jersey for almost his entire adult life. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Political Science. After college he served as a youth director at the Great Valley Presbyterian Church in Malvern, PA. From there he went to Princeton Theological Seminary. FPCA is the third church Ryan has served as a pastor.

He has been happily married since 1994 to his wife, Jennifer and they have four children: Caleb, Clare, Isaac, and Marc who keep them busy, laughing, and fill their home with joy.

When he’s not at church, Ryan follows Philadelphia Sports teams, reads, aspires to be a regular at the gym, collects vinyl records, watches Netflix, cooks, and hangs out with his family.