Ryan Van horn, Lead pastor
We (Ryan and Erin) met in the fall of 2007 at the non-denominational church that I helped plant in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri and we were married in June 2008. We joined Providence Presbyterian Church in the spring of 2009 and began working on our Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv 2014). We have three awesome little children: Seth, Isaac, and Abby.
Church planting has been a large part of my past ministry experience. I have helped co-pastor two church plants in the St. Louis area and another in Seattle, Washington. Over the last five years, God has begun to stir in us the desire to plant a church in an urban context. This desire was affirmed at the Reformed Communion Urban Assessment and through conversations with our pastors, elders, and friends. After the assessment, we began a conversation with Resurrection Brooklyn about the possibility of using our energy and gifts to serve with them in Brooklyn. Through prayer and a lot of thinking, God cultivated in us a desire to serve in Brooklyn and it was very clear to both Erin and I that this is where God was leading our family.
In February 2014, we moved to Brooklyn after accepting a call as their newest Assistant Pastor and Church Planting resident. This was an important step for us and a perfect opportunity for our family. Living in an urban context that is transient, where there is a fair amount of diversity is a good fit for us, our passion for city life, and how God has gifted Erin and I. We love to share our life with others; we welcome the difficult questions that come with our Christian faith, like “who is God?” and “what does it really mean to be a Christian?” or “how do I follow Jesus?” The beauty of the church is that wherever you are in life – young, old, educated, uneducated, apathetic, driven; everyone, no matter where you come from or have been, your background, political association or ethnicity – we all need Jesus.
Over the last year, God began to increase in Erin and I the desire to plant a church in an urban context. And we are really excited about planting in Chattanooga's Southside. As we move forward we are filled with hope and expectation that God will build a worshipping community through our gifts and the others He will gather to be a part of the church, to bring the Gospel to bear upon the city. Our hearts are filled with anticipation as we are asking God to answer this ancient prayer, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ throughout all generations forever and ever.”
Ryan and Erin