We are excited to have Ryan join us this year. Ryan is an excellent highly educated communicator and you will not want to miss what he has to share with us regarding New Creation.
Ryan’s ministry includes teaching on a monthly basis at his local congregation, Tabernacle of David in Burnsville, MN, has hundreds of hours of video and audio teachings on his website, RootedinTorah.com, and works closely as a teacher with Rico Cortes of Wisdom in Torah. Ryan also has a TV show on Israel Television Network, is assistant teacher on Wisdom in Torah Israel Tours, and travels to various speaking events around the United States even internationally. And if that wasn’t enough, Ryan works full time as a Nurse and is a wonderful husband and father of four sons.
Ryan was born and raised a Seventh-Day Adventist but fell away from the church before finishing high school because he could not find truth there and was enamored by the lies of evolution that were taught at my high school and hence became agnostic. After 8 years of working as a nuclear power plant operator in the US Navy, Ryan began working on his second degree as a RN and around that time was presented with the evidence he needed to believe that the Scriptures were truth and were the Word of God. For more than a year and a half while in nursing school, Ryan was completely engrossed in Scripture during his free time and spent several nights without sleep while studying into God’s word.
In 2012, Ryan was called to serve in the teaching ministry and had the privilege of mentoring under his, and our friend, Rico Cortes, and has had the guidance of many others as well. In May of 2017, he completed his degree requirements and graduated from Lincoln Christian University with a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies with Old Testament Specialization. In that program, Ryan learned to translate from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts of the Bible, to use comparative studies of ancient Near Eastern literature to gain better insight into Biblical text, and how to study the Scriptures in light of ancient culture, customs and history. Ryan’s areas of specialty include the sacrificial system in Leviticus, the honor and shame culture (which was the topic of his thesis), comparative analysis of ancient Near Eastern culture to the Torah (especially creation accounts), apocalyptic literature, first-century Greco-Roman and Jewish culture, and Imperial cult.