The author of an upcoming book on child liberation theology, The Kingdom of Children, Ryan has an M.H.S. in Child Protection from Nova Southeastern University and an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College. His writings on child liberation theology have been featured everywhere from Patheos to Currents Journal to the Centre for the Study of Bible & Violence. He has served on the board of and run numerous social media campaigns for child advocacy organizations, including the Child-Friendly Faith Project, the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, and Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out.
Homeschooled from kindergarten through high school graduation, Ryan worked over eight years as a public communications educator to high school students in homeschooling communities. He authored the first and only comprehensive curricula on child abuse awareness and suicide prevention specifically tailored to homeschooling families and communities. Co-founder of the viral website Homeschoolers Anonymous, his advocacy work on behalf of homeschooled children and alumni has been featured in national and international media, including The Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, New Yorker, and ProPublica. Acclaimed books on American evangelicalism—such as Julie Ingersoll’s Building God’s Kingdom (Oxford University Press) and Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s Jesus and John Wayne (Liveright Publishing)—have cited his research and reporting on the evangelical homeschooling movement, the subject of Ryan’s next book.
Ryan is a proud resident of the California Bay Area, where he serves his county as an Election Specialist and lives with his spouse and two cats.