He studied Sociology and Anthropology at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2001. Since his choice of major guaranteed, he would be unemployed after college Ryan found employment in the fields of Law Enforcement, Private Security, and Private Investigations.
After a powerful conversion and call in 2004, Ryan became a member of Herndon United Methodist Church in Northern Virginia and entered seminary. He graduated from The Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. with a Master of Divinity in 2012. In 2018, Ryan was ordained as an elder by Bishop Sharma Lewis in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Ryan has served three churches before coming to Saint Paul’s. Ryan was an associate pastor at Herndon United Methodist Church for two years, as well as an associate pastor at Fishersville United Methodist Church in Fisherville, Virginia for six. For the past three years, Ryan has been the pastor at Mint Spring United Methodist Church.
Ryan loves Jesus and sharing the gospel. He knows all about being the one sheep who was lost and then found by the Lord. He is always on the lookout for other lost sheep to help bring back to God’s sheepfold.
Ryan has been married to the love of his life, Lou, for fifteen years. They have five children (Aiden 11, Avery 8, Daylie 5, Davy 3, Naaman 1) and because that was still not enough are expecting their sixth in September. The Oswalds are very excited about coming to Saint Paul’s and cannot wait to meet our new church family.
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Coordinator of Children’s Ministries – Chris was a 5th grade teacher at Riverheads Elementary School for 8 years before she began working as an after school tutor so she could stay home with her children during the day. She graduated from VA Tech with a degree in Family & Childhood Development and is certified in Virginia to teach PreK – 5th grades. Chris has been a Co- Director at St. Paul’s Little People Preschool since 2007. She began serving as the Coordinator of Children’s Ministries in 2015. Chris and her husband Bryan have three children. She enjoys reading and crafts.
Coordinator of Youth Ministries – Parker, began working at St. Paul’s in 2019. For the previous three years, Parker volunteered as a youth assistant and Sunday School teacher for Christ UMCS. He graduated from Bridgewater College with two degrees. One in computer science and one in business administration. Before switching to computer science Parker was an education major. Currently Parker is working on his Masters degree from Boston College. Parker also works as a software engineer. Parker enjoys working with kids, technology, dancing, hiking and reading. He has two cats, an orange tabby and a tuxedo cat.
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Treasurer & Financial Secretary –“Missy” has been working in public accounting since 1989. She has been a member of St. Paul’s since 2000 and has been employed as financial secretary at St. Paul’s since 2012 and she became treasurer in 2013. Missy enjoys music, photography, art, running, hiking, outdoors and crafts. She and her husband have two children.
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