Raised by a woman pastor and a father with a PhD in biochemistry Ryan White-Stevens’ path has been a marriage of ministry and science education. His schooling includes:
He’s worked as an assistant pastor, worship leader, the director of spiritual development at a homeless shelter, and now as a math and physics professor in a community college.
Ryan was confirmed in the United Methodist Church and attended a multi-racial inner-city charismatic church through high school. After attending a vibrant, Bible-believing mega-church for 10 years, where he served as a small group leader for second and third graders, Ryan and his family are excited to be part of a new church plant in South Bend, Indiana, where they live.
Ryan has a passion for prayer. He attends multiple weekly regional prayer meetings and began a student prayer group called The Vine, organized as an official club at the college where he teaches. Ryan loves praying for people outside of the St Joseph County courthouse through Courtside Ministry. The Revive Indiana movement also revealed and ignited in Ryan a gift and love for evangelism. “I want to see God transform peoples’ lives, healing hurts, mending relationships, and drawing people into life-changing intimacy with the God who deeply loves them.”
Ryan proposed to his wife on their first date. Two and a half months later they were married and a month after that expecting their first and only child. Married now for over 14 years and still deeply in love, Ryan refers to his wife Abbi as, “a gentle, wise, disciplined, patient, industrious, amazing woman.” Abbi manages their home, volunteers at church, homeschools their 13-year-old son, Isaiah, who aspires to be a rocket scientist, and still finds time to read voraciously.
Ryan plays the guitar, enjoys ultimate Frisbee, loves the outdoors (particularly chasing waterfalls) and is passionate about nature preservation. On Fall Saturdays he can be found watching college football.
Life hasn’t always been easy for White-Stevens. During one difficult season of life he worked three jobs to make ends meet: substitute teaching in multiple school systems, tutoring and adjunct teaching in local community colleges and working as a waiter. He has wrestled anxiety and depression.
Ryan has also seen firsthand the struggles of others. He said, “I have personally witnessed people living on a garbage dump in the Philippines, visited Muslim villagers in their grass huts in Ethiopia, held orphans in Romania—and left balling my eyes out.” Ryan volunteered for four years in nursing homes, visiting those who had no other visitors. He worked as a chaplain in a shelter for the homeless, many of whom were addicted and/or mentally ill.
White-Stevens loves writing, teaching, and intellectual discourse. Called to build bridges and a passion for racial reconciliation, he meets regularly with people of other races and religious persuasions. He deeply desires his ideas and actions to make a difference in this world.