Welcome Ryan Smith

June 24, 2013

Smith FamilyAllow me a moment to introduce myself to you; my name is Ryan Smith and I have been brought on to the National Office staff to offer focus and direction in the area of Leadership Development. I wanted to give you a chance to get to know me a bit better and to become more familiar with my role and how it may connect to you and your church as we serve the Lord and his mission together.

Like some of you, I am a transplant to the Brethren church, marrying in but quickly finding myself very much at home here. My wife Lindsay (Brandon) and I have been married for almost fourteen years this coming August. We have a six-year-old daughter, Lily, who keeps us on our toes most all times. I was always told that parents were on the offense with one child; I apparently heard wrong.

I had the pleasure of serving the Nappanee First Brethren Church in Indiana for just over thirteen years, ministering as the Pastor of Student Ministries there. Additionally, I have served as a member of the National Youth Advisory Committee since 2004. Young people have always been a passion of mine. There is something special that happens when a young person steps into the unique gifting God’s placed into them and they more fully discover what living life everyday on Jesus’ mission is about.

I graduated from Malone College with a degree in Diversified Ministries in 1999. Coincidently, Malone is also where Lindsay and I first met, marrying after graduation. After several years ministering at Nappanee FBC, I decided to continue my education and began the process of working to achieve my Masters degree; which I completed in 2010 with a Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry from Huntington University.

My role as Leadership Development Coordinator will include developing and leading a team of individuals whose focus is the development of our Brethren leaders. We specifically will look to target the leadership growth and health of not only individuals but entire families, churches, and ultimately communities.

Through the existing pathways of MissioChurch, Mobilize, Brethren Youth, and our Global Partners I hope to see more and more Brethren leaders developed, trained, equipped and released to be agents of Kingdom impact and restoration. As we begin this process I hope to be able to enter into many fruitful conversations and relationships with many of you so that together we can work toward these same ends and results.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I pray it finds you well and look forward to connecting with you in the near future. Feel free to email me at any time: .

In His Grip,

Ryan Smith
Brethren Leadership Development Coordinator

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