Ryan grew up in Southeast Texas and came to faith as a young teenager after being raised in the church. He came to Texas A&M in 2003 and God used that new chapter to begin the process of freeing him from a life of religious duty to a deeper relationship with Christ and recognition of His far-reaching grace. Ryan married Sara shortly after graduating from Texas A&M, and they both were part of the core group that planted New Life is 2009. They now have 3 boys. Ryan later came on staff as the Worship Leader and is passionate about leading the local church to sing truths about God with each other in a way that honors God and edifies the church.