In 1981, Ryan moved with his parents and two sisters, Robyn and Renee, to El Cajon, California, where his father was employed as the Executive Assistant to Dr. David Jeremiah at Shadow Mountain Community Church, as well as Turning Point Television and Radio ministry. It was while listening to the broadcast that Ryan, at the age of 5 and with the help of his mother, received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. In 1986, The Rebold family began a 10-year ministry at Skyline Church in San Diego, with Dr. John Maxwell as the Senior Pastor. It is here Ryan would be baptized.
Having been influenced by being a part of these large churches with national ministries, Ryan developed a strong understanding of trusting God by Faith at a young age.
At the age of 10, Ryan became very ill. For several months, he was in constant pain and lost a great deal of weight. The doctors expressed grave concern that he might be dealing with Lime’s Disease or Leukemia. After many weeks in the hospital, he was finally diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. In severe cases, this is an extremely painful and debilitating disease. Through personal prayers and those of his family, the church and individuals throughout the United States, Ryan was miraculously cured and has been free of the disease to this day. This healing would have a far reaching impact on Ryan’s understanding of the need for each of us to live by faith and to trust God completely for everything in our lives.
Ryan personally lead his teams to perform for over 750,000 students from coast to coast over a three year period, presenting biblical values and positive life changing principles.
In 1998, Ryan held the position of Team Leader on the national touring ministry Primary Focus and Living Proof. Through the Primary Focus public school assembly programs, Ryan personally lead his teams to perform for over 750,000 students from coast to coast over a three year period, presenting biblical values and positive life changing principles. On the weekends, these same teams used the name Living Proof and Ryan was the emcee for an additional 150 Gospel Concerts in Bible believing churches.
In 2001, Ryan married San Diego resident and Primary Focus team member Shannan Tosh.
In 2004, Ryan became the Executive Vice President of Primary Focus. In that same year, the ministry moved to Knoxville, Tennessee after being given the spectacular Governor’s Palace Theater by the Hobby Lobby Corporation. Ryan was responsible for overseeing the ministry’s 10 teams and their itinerary in addition to being the host of the extremely popular “Come Celebrate Christmas” which was attended annually by tens of thousands of local and vacationing guests in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Ryan is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree Science and Religion. He has authored the book Nothing But Faith In My Pocket, his personal testimony and Triumphant story of putting his faith and his total Trust in God while watching Him provide.
To date, Ryan and Shannan have two boys, Jackson and Parker. Their family continues to reside in Knoxville, Tennessee.