Dockery Ryan

What was an important Jesus moment in your life?

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 6-7 years ago. Shortly after her diagnosis, our family began telling each other “I love you” on a regular basis. She would ultimately pass away the day after Christmas in 2013. As our family gathered around her bed to say our final goodbyes, the bishop of our synod led a ritual with us. After reciting Psalm 23, he marked her forehead with the sign of the cross. In that moment she opened her eyes for the final time, clinched my dad’s hand and breathed her last breath. It was a God moment unlike anything I have ever experienced.

What is your favorite TV show and why?

I watch a lot of TV so it is quite difficult to choose ONE favorite. A couple of my top choices would be: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Office, Big Bang Theory, and Dexter.

What’s the best vacation place you’ve ever been to?

Hands down Colorado. I have been there five times now and each time I am more captivated by the beauty of God’s creation.

If you could sit down with anyone in the world for coffee, who would it be?

Nadia Bolz-Weber. I have been captivated by her writing and pastoral leadership over the last several years. I appreciate her ability to proclaim the gospel in a completely different way that connects with a demographic the church has long failed to reach.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Flying!!! I have lived in the Houston area for the last five years and the traffic alone is reason enough for wanting to fly.

Why is the church community important to you?

We are all messy people, each one of us broken in our own ways. Being in the church community allows us to be who we truly are recognizing our shortcomings. Through this we are more aware than ever of our utter need and dependence for Jesus Christ, and His ultimate love and sacrifice He paid for us.

Why Messiah?

Being placed at Messiah for my pastoral internship is a true God moment. The authenticity and leadership of Pastor Peter and Kathy first captivated me. I was also drawn to the various ministries Messiah provides for the community. This is a place I am extremely eager and delighted to be a part of.