CEO KidzMatter, Vice President, Awana Innovative Ministries
Ryan works on the cutting edge for Awana. He is CEO for KidzMatter, a children’s ministry curriculum and training provider to churches and a subsidiary of Awana. Ryan is also vice president of innovative ministries for Awana. He also serves as publisher of K! Magazine, a publication for children’s ministry pastors and leaders. Ryan is on the board of directors for the International Network of Children's Ministry. He is the author of 9 Things They Didn't Teach Me in College About Children's Ministry (Standard Publishing).
“Ryan is a highly respected voice in children's ministry today,” Awana President/CEO Jack Eggar says. “Awana is a ministry of considerable influence. With Ryan on board developing innovative new ministries, we're seeing even greater influence from Awana in the years to come as we equip churches and parents to raise spiritual champions.”
Ryan entered full-time ministry in 1998 after graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Christian Education. Ryan was awarded a Master of Arts in Bible Exposition from Pensacola Christian College in 2000.
Ryan gained valuable experience and insight as children's ministry pastor at Liberty Baptist Church, where he served from 1998 to 2010. In Ryan's time at Liberty, he developed cutting-edge curriculum and ideas for children's ministry. His work eventually expanded into KidzMatter, a children's ministry provider to churches across the country. Ryan launched KidzMatter in 2004. KidzMatter produces The Kitchen, a Sunday school curriculum, as well as K! Magazine, a publication for children's pastors and volunteers.
“Ryan is in a place of great influence,” says Larry Fowler, executive director of global networking for Awana and KidzMatter. “He is one of the bright young minds in the younger generation of children's leaders in America today.”
Ryan's passion for God’s Word and the gospel
Ryan first discovered Awana when he attended club at his childhood church. He later served as an Awana student leader in middle school and high school. The experience played a part in helping him discover God's calling on his life.
“I have appreciated the ministry of Awana for many years, beginning when I was a child in Awana at our church,” Ryan says. “Awana is passionate about reaching children with the gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping parents to be the primary spiritual influencers in the lives of their children.”
Ryan reunited with Awana when he became children's pastor at Liberty and oversaw the church's Awana ministry.
“What Awana does aligns with what I'm passionate about and believe in,” Ryan says. “Awana has a commitment to the gospel and to biblical doctrine, a passion to reach kids for Jesus Christ and a vision for equipping parents to be the primary spiritual leaders in kids' lives. Awana desires to be innovative, to find new ways to reach kids and youth with the gospel.”
Ryan has provided new ideas and perspective to the Awana global leadership team. He also has spearheaded development of Awana programs such as High Power™ Sports. He also speaks on behalf of Awana at conferences nationwide.
In 1999 Ryan married Beth Bishir. Today they have two daughters, Luci and Londyn. The Franks reside in Converse, Indiana.