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Ryan Richardson

Staff - Ryan Richardson
It's who I was called to be... one who leads, points the way and encourages others to go beyond where I have been.

Ryan Richardson
Associate Chaplain, Director of Worship

Joined the staff:
Seminary Intern Fall 2001, Permanent Staff - August 2004

Originally from:
Starkville, MS

What’s that one thing that led you to be a part of Spiritual Life?

As my understanding of worship continues to grow, my desire to share that journey with others grows stronger. It used to be enough to lead others in worship. Now, however, I must teach and instruct others in this discipline of worship leadership. It's who I was called to be... one who leads, points the way and encourages others to go beyond where I have been.

What is your favorite part of working at Baylor?

The impact. When you minister on the Baylor campus, you are ministering to students who will be CEO's of major corporations, missionaries to distant lands, social workers, engineers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, preachers, etc, etc, etc. When you minister at Baylor, you are influencing the influencers of tomorrow! We together will do more for the Kingdom of God than one person could ever dream of. I've already seen a glimpse of that... that's my favorite part of ministering here.

What book or books are you reading right now?

Finding Our Way Again by Brian McLaren, Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr.

What book or books have most influenced your spiritual growth?

No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green by Melody Green, Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

Why have you chosen to work specifically with students?

My dad always worked at a university so I grew up around college students. My parents loved students, so we always had these great people over to our home. As I went through my college years, it began to make sense just how transitional a time these 4-5 years can be. College is a major transition point from youth to adulthood. I want to be present for students while they go through this sometimes turbulent transition... I want to be good news to students as they question and learn and fall and rise.

What is your favorite movie of all time and why?

"12 Angry Men", "Shawshank Redemption", "The Power of One"

When you go to your coffee house of choice, what do you order?

These days it's almost always an iced coffee, sweetened with room. I also love a toffee nut latte with soy. I I also love the Soy Boy at Common Grounds.

Do you have a pet (s)? What are they and what are their names?

We have a pound dog named Mollie. We love her!

What is under the topic “most played” on your ipod?

Counting Crows, Joshua Radin, Josh Ritter, Damien Rice, Dave Crowder.

What is your favorite place to go in Waco?

The dam on Lake Waco... gorgeous!, I love to run on the streets around my house. The beauty in the diversity always amazes me.

What is the craziest or most-unique job you have ever had?

I was a permanent substitute teacher at a private school in the Atlanta area. I subbed for a kindergarten teacher one full week... all boys. Crazy times!

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

Probably to a country in Africa I've never been to. I love exploring that continent. I'd probably choose Freetown, Sierra Leon if I was picking today.