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Converge Stories podcast


Apr 1, 2019

Ryan started out as a YWAM missionary. He attended the YWAM training course John Henry led in 2010 called the School of University Ministries & Missions. For his field assignment he and his new wife, Crystal, traveled for 11 months visiting 10 countries gathering video footage and doing interviews around the world for a documentary on student mobilization. Ryan also filmed all 50 of the videos for the Converge pre-departure lessons, which every intern completes before traveling to serve a missional organization somewhere in the world.

Ryan shares how his experience producing videos helped him learn how to listen to the stories people have to tell. Ryan launched Upswing Strategies with a passion to help people grow their organizations by using data to prove what works and what does not. He is one of few Salesforce Consultants in the Salem area. Ryan helps organization leaders develop their communications strategies through data analysis and effective feedback systems.

Ryan and I talked about God the Communicator, and how communications may be creative and effective on a personal and a corporate level. Good effective and clear communication cuts out confusion and helps us have more meaningful relationships.

Ryan shares how it was during his training with YWAM that God showed him his primary motivational gifts and strengths. Ryan’s gifts are encouraging, teaching, and hospitality and his strengths are connectedness, strategic, adaptability, developer, and positivity. Ryan’s Converge Moment, when everything came together, was in this discovery and the testing of those gifts and strengths. Ryan’s story shows the value of the discovery God’s calling and journey of realizing your purpose. Ryan is thriving as an emerging leader helping organizations grow and fulfill their mission.

Ryan and Crystal have four children and they live in Salem, OR. He has started a consulting agency called Upswing Strategies, helping organizations create a clear plan for growth and reach more people who will invest in their mission.