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Ryan E. Faison serves as the Student Ministries Pastor at Christ Church in Montclair and Rockaway, New Jersey (Lead Pastor: Dr. David Ireland), Executive Director of Young Adults United and Adjunct Professor at Pillar College. In the role of Student Ministries Pastor, Ryan provides leadership, strategy and oversight to the Children’s, Teen, College, Young Adults, and After School & Special Needs programs. 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. In his role as Adjunct Professor at Pillar College, Ryan co-labors with the college faculty in the LEAD program, shaping transformational leaders in every sector of society.

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). 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. 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. Ryan’s passion is to build up the now and next generation as authentic servants and worshippers of God. Ryan and his wife, Kristyn (worship leader and educator) serve together at their home church and ministries regionally and nationally.

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)
  • Adjunct Professor, Pillar College (Newark/Somerset, NJ)
  • President, HomeCorp Clergy Advisory Board (Montclair, NJ)
  • Member, Nyack Alliance Theological Seminary Alumni Board (Nyack & New York City, NY)

Speaking/Ministry Engagements Have Included:

  • Regional and National Youth and Young Adult Conferences
  • NJ Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Conference (Trenton, NJ)
  • BASIC College Ministries & Young Adult Conference (Rochester/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: Christ Church

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