Ryan grew up in the small town of Smithfield, Virginia, just outside of the Hampton Roads metro. He developed an interest in music at an early age and, after a failed attempt at trombone, began to play percussion and piano. Eventually Ryan picked up a guitar and started playing in bands around town as well as leading songs at local churches. After graduating from Liberty University with a degree in Religion, Ryan studied at Berklee College of Music and at the Institute for Sacred Music and Liturgy in Charlotte, NC. He loves to pursue the places where art and faith intersect and is passionate about serving the church with thoughtful and engaging music. He married Holly in August of 2015 and they are both excited about joining all God is doing at Saint Peter’s.