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Rev. Ryan E. Faison, M.Div. serves as the College and Young Adults Pastor at Christ Church in Montclair and Rockaway, New Jersey (Lead Pastor: Dr. David Ireland) and Executive Director of Young Adults United. In this role of College and Young Adults Pastor, Ryan provides leadership and oversight to the growing community of young adults, college students and emerging leaders. Ryan serves in various roles at Christ Church: a dynamic preacher, a passionate worship leader and a forward-thinking producer of such regional events as Prayerfest, held annually. Ryan’s passion is to equip and empower the emerging generation to fulfill their God-given purpose. In the role of Executive Director of Young Adults United, Ryan desires to see young adult leaders and ministries across the region forge together for the common purpose of Christ.

Ryan is a graduate of Seton Hall University (South Orange, New Jersey) as a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Ryan has an earned Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Nyack Alliance Theological Seminary (Nyack, New York). Pastor Ryan is a member on the Alliance Theological Seminary’s Alumni Board as well as the Council of Faith and Spirituality at Montclair State University. Pastor Ryan is the recipient of the Outstanding Partnership Award from Intervarsity-Newark and the Dr. David A. Denyer Award from Nyack Alliance Theological Seminary, citing exemplary performance in academics, preaching, soul care and service to the community. Pastor Ryan’s passion is to build up the next generation as authentic servants and worshippers of God. Ryan and his wife, Kristyn (worship leader and educator) were married on October 10, 2010.

Boards & Organizations:

  • Executive Director, Young Adults United (http://www.youngadultsu.com) 
  • Member of the Presbytery, Christ Church (Montclair & Rockaway, NJ)
  • Member, Christ Church Preaching Team (Montclair & Rockaway, NJ)
  • President, HomeCorp Clergy Advisory Board (Montclair, NJ)
  • Member, Nyack Alliance Theological Seminary Alumni Board (Nyack & New York City, NY)
  • Partner, Young Adults United (Northern NJ)

Speaking/Ministry Engagements Have Included:

  • Youth and Young Adult Conferences
  • NJ Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Conference (Trenton, NJ)
  • BASIC College Ministries & Young Adult Conference (Long Island, NY / Rockaway, NJ)
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (Northern NJ College Campuses)
  • Salvation Army Young Adult Retreat & Conference
  • Pentecostal Youth Fellowship of New Jersey & New York Conference
  • Collyde Summit MC

Connect with Ryan


Check Out: Quest College Ministry & Young Adults Ministry of Christ Church

East Campus: Church Street & Trinity Place, Montclair, NJ
West Campus: 140 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, NJ