CURRENT STATUS (Youth & Family):

On June 4, our congregation voted to call Ryan to serve as Messiah’s Director of Youth & Family.  He has informed us of his verbal acceptance!  Ryan is currently wrapping up an internship at a church in Virginia this summer, so he plans to start at Messiah in August. We are thrilled that we’ll now have a full-time staff member focused on our high school and college students. Please look forward to getting to know Ryan soon!

This position is funded for three years by the Field of Dreams capital campaign. 
Ryan is originally from Wake Forest, NC and completed his undergrad work at Concordia, Texas. He is currently a Director of Christian Education completing his internship in Virginia this summer.  Ryan is passionate about serving youth & young adults. He is personable, relatable and knowledgeable about sharing faith with the millennial generation. Ryan is willing to explore part-time seminary education on a path to becoming an ordained pastor. If called, Ryan looks forward to serving at Messiah starting approx. August 1.

View the Ministry Description: Associate Pastor of Youth & Family

CURRENT STATUS (Pastor of Discipleship): Nominations are now closed. The Pastor Search team is reviewing the submitted names and consulting with the district.

Questions? Please contact Bryan Blackford at