Ryan Lokkesmoe [pronounced lox-mōh] grew up in the Dallas area where he met his wife Ashley in their high school youth group. They were married in 2006 and have two kids, Luke and Nora. Prior to Real Hope, Ryan served in a variety of ministry roles including youth, worship, and small group ministries.
Ryan earned his PhD in New Testament at the University of Denver, and his Master’s degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He teaches as an adjunct professor at a local seminary, and is the author of three books: Paul and His Team: What the Early Church Can Teach Us About Leadership and Influence (Moody Publishers), Small Groups Made Easy (Bethany House Publishers), Blurry: Bringing Clarity to the Bible (CLC Publications), and Finding Onesimus: Recovering the Story of a First-Century Fugitive Slave (Dissertation, University of Denver). Ryan has also written bible study curricula for LifeWay and academic articles for the Lexham Bible Dictionary.
Ryan loves books, music, history, and follows current events closely. More than anything, he enjoys spending time with his family.