Ryan started out as a YWAM missionary. He attended the YWAM training course John Henry led in 2010 called the School of University Ministries & Missions. For his field assignment he and his new wife, Crystal, traveled for 11 months visiting 10 countries gathering video footage and doing interviews around the world for a documentary on Student Mobilization. Ryan also filmed all 50 of the videos for the Converge pre-departure lessons, which every intern completes before traveling to serve a missional organization somewhere in the world.
Ryan served for several years at YWAM Salem, OR where he developed some of the tools to start a consulting agency called Upswing Strategies, helping organizations create a clear plan for growth and reach more people who will invest in their mission.