Equipping Laborers in God’s Vineyard
God is calling His children from every tribe, tongue, and nation, that they may know His saving love and grace, and praise Him, as Psalm 86:9 describes: “All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.” We believe that Nigeria, with over 190 million people divided into hundreds of language and culture groups, can become a beautiful picture of this. In a country whose wealth, strength, and beauty is marred by corruption, extreme poverty, and religious tension, the Gospel alone has the power to bring hope, healing, and true life.
Among the challenges faced by Christians and the church in Nigeria is the need for theological education. The training Ryan received in North America has proven to be invaluable during 13 years of pastoring a church in Iowa. God is now calling us to faithfully serve Him by serving and sharing with our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.
Our vision is to help strengthen the Nigerian church, and to equip its pastors and leaders with a solid biblical- theological foundation for their mission in a lost and broken world so loved by God. As a family, we look forward to the ways we will answer God’s call to be a light in this particular part of His world: some ways new and different, and some familiar, as we serve our neighbors and encourage each other in the faith as part of the worldwide body of Christ.
Ryan teaches at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, a school operated co-operatively by a council that includes over a dozen Nigerian denominations. The undergraduate students he teaches will pastor local churches and engage in important mission work in northern Nigeria. Ryan also builds the capacity of the Nigerian church to provide solid theological education through supervision of graduate students who will teach in Bible colleges and seminaries throughout Nigeria, and through faculty development and discipleship with the staff of the Theological College of Northern Nigeria. In this work, he seeks to obey Paul’s instruction to Timothy: “The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Tim. 2:2)