Ryan has been a follower of Christ since 2000, when he accepted Christ as a sophomore in high school. Since that time, Ryan has consistently served in the local church, especially in musical worship as a pianist, guitarist, and vocalist. Ryan graduated from Bethel Seminary San Diego with a Master of Divinity, cum laude. As an aspiring Hebrew Bible scholar, Ryan was awarded the Academic Achievement award in Old Testament studies amongst his graduating class. Upon graduation, he was also inducted into the Yodh Chapter of Eta Beta Rho, the National Honor Society of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He lives and works in San Diego, CA with his wife Laura and son Simon.