We are excited to welcome Ryan Miller to our Leadership Team. Ryan will oversee and launch our student ministry and we can’t wait to see what God does in the coming days. To check out more about our new student ministry, “Real Life” click here. Also make sure to join us on Monday April 25th at 7pm for our first ever student ministry vision night!
Here are some questions we asked Ryan to help you get to know him a little better…
WHAT IS YOUR STORY?
I grew up in San Diego and went to Poway High School before attending Wheaton College in Illinois. At Wheaton I studied philosophy, played baseball, sang in the Gospel choir, and believe it or not, pulled far too many pranks. After college I played professional baseball for 3 years and worked for the high school ministry of Cru during the off-season before taking a job coaching baseball at Biola University this last year. I have since felt the call back to full-time ministry where I am now contributing in a part-time role with Cru and Existence along with pursuing a Masters in Theology.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD THIS YEAR?
God has blessed me with an unbelievable woman who I will be marrying this July. I am looking forward to what God has in store for us in our first year of marriage and how he prunes, shapes, and grows us as a couple in ministry.
WHAT ROLE WILL YOU BE PLAYING AT EXISTENCE CHURCH?
I see my role as helping to add another link in the chain of discipleship at Existence. Our new church is fortunate to be surrounded by several high schools and middle schools. I look forward to seeing North County youth fall in love with Jesus and becoming plugged into Existence, adding to the discipleship chain.
WHAT SHOULD EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT YOUR MINISTRY?
I feel a deep calling to reach out to sinners and outcasts in the same way Jesus did. I never felt comfortable with the stereotypical Christian culture when growing up mainly because I felt like an outsider to that culture. Jesus reached out to outsiders and that is what I hope to do in my ministry as well.
WHO ARE YOU PARTNERING WITH TO REACH STUDENTS?
Partnership with Cru:
Real life partners with the high school ministry of Cru on the campuses of Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and Del Norte. This allows students to not only have an outlet to worship God through Real Life, but share the love of God with their friends at their school. We partner through Cru club during lunch at school, small group bible studies, sharing our faith on campus, Big Mondays (outreach event on the first Monday of the month), and overseas mission trips to Puerto Rico and Portugal.
Partnership with Parents:
We believe that a great and necessary way to help our students grow spiritually and sustain our ministry is to involve parents. We partner with parents by utilizing their personal strengths and willingness to serve.
If you are a parent that would like to get involved, there are plenty of ways you can help! Please contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org