We have been pulled out of our former lives to become part of the family of God. We're called to give up who we once were and become who God wants us to be; one of his children and part of His family. God requires self examination throughout our lives to help us grow and in II Corinthians God tells us to examine what we've done right, what God has done for us, because God wants us to see these good things. The examination God wants us to do is to acknowledge the need for it, understand we can't attempt to examine ourselves alone, don't compare ourselves to others and yield to what God reveals to us.
Ryan was born and raised in central Georgia. Baptized in 1997, he is a fourth generation member of the Church of God. Ryan and wife, Nissa, have three children. Ryan serves as an assistant pastor for the Rome (Georgia), Gadsden (Alabama), and Chattanooga (Tennessee) congregations.