Ryan hails from the Peace region of northern BC. He went to Canadian University College, now Burman University, where he obtained a BA in Religious Studies. He then moved to Berrien Springs Michigan for graduate school at the SDA Theological Seminary. He graduated from there with an MA in Religion and a focus in systematic theology. He also met his now wife there. After obtaining his degree, he moved back to Burman University to teach theology and biblical studies. After two years of teaching, he has now moved to the Lower Mainland to work in church ministry and pursue doctoral studies.