Staff/Leadership

Downtown Campus

720 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415
Sundays: 7:30am, 9am & 11am

North Campus

5151 Program Ave, Mounds View, Minnesota, 55112
Sundays: 9am & 11am

South Campus

20700 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, Minnesota, 55044
Sundays: 10:30am

Perry Ryan

Deacon

  1. Share your testimony. How did God draw you to faith in Christ?
    I was drawn to God mainly through his gift of my wife and our children. I grew up in a Catholic home with regular attendance to weekly church and catechism but no real knowledge of Christ, and definitely no relationship with Christ. When Michelle and I got married in 1992, we attended church regularly but my heart was not involved—it was just motions. As our kids started at a Christian school, we knew within us that God was drawing us to him and that we had to learn more and raise our children to follow Christ. This led us to Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) in about 2000–2001, which was our first in-depth study of God’s word. 

  2. Tell us about your family. Does your spouse support your move toward becoming a deacon? 
    I think initially Michelle was concerned only with any possible effects on family time and leading the household. She’s very supportive as long as it is not to the detriment of the family. 

  3. Do you agree with the Elder Affirmation of Faith and the Church Covenant? 
    Yes.

  4. When did you start attending Bethlehem?  
    We began attending in mid-2006, I believe.

  5. In what areas have you served at Bethlehem?  
    For the past four years, I have been a co-leader for the Bethlehem 5th & 6th Grade Sunday School. Previously, I served with Bible Study Fellowship as a small group discussion leader for four years. This role included shepherding a group of about 12 men with weekly phone calls, prayer for the group, and leading the discussion periods.

  6. Why are you eager to serve as a deacon at Bethlehem?
    I love Bethlehem Baptist Church. The Elders lead and oversee most areas in the church, but they may need another group of helpers/leaders to carry out tasks and duties; this is where I see deacons serving at Bethlehem. I’m grateful to God for what gifts he has given me and my family and am hopeful that he will continue to use me to serve him and his people. I enjoy serving and leading, and I owe everything to God for how he has been transforming me. Serving as a deacon feels like a natural God-led continuation of this process.