Ryan previously served as a Resident Liaison at The 24 before joining the Staff as the Accounting and Administrative Assistant in March 2023.
Where’s your favorite place in the world? Carolina Beach in North Carolina. My grandparents had a house maybe 300 yards from the beach, and we would go to visit every summer when I was a kid. Fishing, beach days, and a small amusement park (Jubilee Park). It always made for the best vacations.
What are you passionate about?
Music and more music. I can’t keep a beat to save my life and have absolutely no musical talent, BUT there’s something about it (in all forms) that soothes the soul.
Who would you most like to swap places with for a day? Tom Brady. Not because I want to know what it's like to be him but because I want him to have to answer the “Are you related to Tom Brady?” questions in my place.
What is your favorite family tradition? Christmas Eve. When my mom remarried, we started going to Christmas Eve with my step-family. It’s always a huge meal and gift exchange. My nana’s fudge is the BEST fudge in the world, and there is nothing that could convince me otherwise.
What was your first job? I was a Scorekeeper for Ice Hockey games at the (then) StarCenter in Duncanville.
Have you ever met anyone famous? I worked at the original El Fenix in downtown Dallas for a few months in 2017 and waited on Robert Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice) one time. He’s actually a super cool dude.
Have you been pleasantly surprised by anything lately? How enjoyable life is now that I’ve slowed things down and allowed God to run the show.
If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be? Definitely playing the drums!
When looking back at your youth, what was your silliest fear? Killer bees. As an 8 or 9 year old, I saw a news story about South American Killer Bees swarming their way up through Central America into Texas. I was so unsettled by it that, in front of an entire congregation one Sunday, I asked the pastor to put it on the prayer list. I still noticeably shutter when I think about it.
How do you want to be perceived, and what do you want to be known for? Unabashedly being myself and giving room to everyone to be who they are, where they are, when they are.