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Ryan Showalter


Teaching: The Call of the Wild: Learning to climb the mountain of Leadership

Breakout Speaker for the Leadership Track


Ryan and his wife Jen moved to Pasadena five years ago from Lancaster, PA. Ryan graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with Master of Art degrees in Theology and Inter Cultural Studies. With a background in youth ministry (YFC) and missions (Eastern Mennonite Missions), Ryan currently is the Associate pastor at Solid Ground Church. Ryan sits on the Board for Awaken (women in ministry), and the Peace and Justice Project and formerly worked as the Director of Emerging Leaders for Pacific Conference BIC.

Ryan is passionate about many things, including coffee, soccer, running, traveling, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. I love the diversity of Southern California, including the mountains, beaches, but most of all the people. I believe each person uniquely reflects the image of God, and when I experience something new, I often marvel at God’s creativity, and wonder what these people might have to teach me about God. 

Hank served as the Youth Pastor at the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church since September 2008, before becoming Pastor of Discipleship & Youth Ministries. The expansion of those responsibilities now includes work with the adult and worship ministry teams. Hank recently accepted an invitation by HBIC to be Sr. Pastor in 2019.


Hank was born in Monrovia (Liberia). Due to Civil War, Hank’s family lived as immigrants and refugees in Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Abidjan (Ivory Coast), before settling in Palisades Park (New Jersey) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Hank graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia, and then from Messiah College in 2004. He completed a Master of Divinity from Evangelical Theological Seminary in May 2014, graduating with high distinction.

Hank’s ministry experience has been gleaned through serving at camps, community and youth centers, and in the social work field. Hank and his wife, Shell, live in Harrisburg and welcomed their first daughter, Harper Marie, in 

January 2014. They welcomed their second daughter, Kennedy Marie, in April of 2016.


When asked about his passions, Hank shares that he enjoys encouraging people, challenging them to take ownership of their faith, and living out the gospel of Jesus Christ. He believes our plight is to live and love like Christ lived and loved. Hank also enjoys sports, fellowship with family and friends, traveling, and board games.