Ryan J. Pemberton, Board Member of Jesus' Economy

Ryan is a published author, and a Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, California. He was formally a Communications Aid for Duke University Chapel, the largest congregation of any university church in the country, and is a candidate for a Master’s in Theological Studies degree at Duke Divinity School. This position marks the intersection of Ryan’s professional background in communications and theological studies.

After earning his B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Business Administration, from Western Washington University, Ryan spent four years working at a full-service marketing and public relations firm in the Pacific Northwest. At the firm, Ryan’s focus largely involved public relations (communications strategy and media relations). He also managed marketing for clients ranging from national, regional, and local organizations to international non-profits (such as Heifer International) and international corporations (like Cascade Dafo). 

While at the marketing firm, Ryan felt called in a very different direction. He believed God wanted to use his communications background to help communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ and the more difficult aspects of the Christian tradition. This calling led Ryan and his wife to the University of Oxford, where he completed his second B.A., in Theology. While at Oxford, Ryan served as President of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society, lived in C.S. Lewis’ house, and co-founded the Oxford Open Forum, an inter-religious dialogue group for University and community members.

Ryan is represented by MacGregor Literary Agency and writes for a variety of clients including Relevant and Bible Study Magazine; he is also the author of hands&feet: thoughts on sharing and experiencing Him. He second book Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis’s House is currently available for preorder. Ryan has more than 10 years of ministry experience and currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, Jen, and their daughter, Emma.

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