Pastor Ryan (PastorRyan1 [at] gmail.com) is the eldest of six siblings and grew up in Rockford, Illinois, a city 100 miles northwest of Chicago. He attended First Covenant Church in Rockford growing up and was saved as a young teenager at summer camp. Ryan then attended Trinity International University, a college in the Chicago suburbs, and worked summers at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Through the encouragement of the church and godly friends, he felt the call to the ministry, and began studies at North Park Seminary in Chicago. In addition to meeting Devyn during seminary, he was on staff at his home church, and worked in outreach ministries there after completing seminary. Most recently, he has served as the Pastor of Teaching and Formation at Grace Covenant Church in Chicago. When he’s not at church, Ryan enjoys traveling, crossword puzzles, biking, and reading presidential biographies. He also loves baseball, and is on a quest to visit every major league park.
Pastor Devyn (PastorDevyn [at] gmail.com) grew up in Washington State about an hour southeast of Seattle. She is the oldest of four and grew up a pastor’s daughter in southern Baptist and non-denominational churches. Devyn attended Trinity Western University in British Columbia Canada before moving to downtown Seattle where she worked in higher education at Seattle Pacific University. While in Seattle she also served as a Children’s Pastor at Interbay Covenant Church. She attended
North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and completed her internship at Edgebrook Community Church concurrently with seminary. After seminary she continued to work in higher education at North Park Seminary and Loyola University Chicago. She enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, playing Scrabble, and finishing Ryan’s crossword puzzles. She is currently completing her doctor of ministry degree at Virginia Theological Seminary. She is also the founder of “Four More Women in the Pulpit” an iniative to encouage churches to have four more women preach in the coming year.
In December of 2012, Ryan and Devyn welcomed home their daughter, Rosemary (Rosie) and in July 2016 they welcomed home Susanna.
Learn more about our journey towards adoption from Devyn’s article in The Covenant Companion: “The Scars of Hospitality.”