For 19 years Ryan was a pastor of small to medium-sized congregations which focused on community activism and service. In March 2013 he resigned from pastoral ministry due to theological and practical differences with the denomination and in January 2014 began a yearlong journey exploring the limits of theism and the atheist landscape in the United States called Year Without God and blogged about his experience. His story of gradual deconversion was covered by national an international news outlets including CNN, NPR, BBC, CBC, LA Times and Sunrise in Australia.
Ryan is a writer, educator and public speaker and has expertise in subjects ranging from religion, intercultural communication, bioethics an brewing coffee.
Ryan is currently a writer, educator, and public speaker on the topic of religion, irreligion and humanism in America. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.