WRyan

Hi, I’m Wesley Ryan.

Odessa, TX

Phone Number

(325) 212-4569

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Antioch Church
Worship Pastor

Education

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (ONLINE)
Pursuing MDiv

Church Affiliation

Southern Baptist Convention

Years In Ministry

20 years

Vocals/Instruments

Tenor, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Trumpet

Skills

Preaching, Counseling, Pastoral Care, Sound Engineering, Stage & Light Design, Loops & Tracks, Website Creation &
Maintenance, Graphic Design, Social Media, Video Storytelling & Editing

Tools & Software

ProPresenter, Planning Center, Easy Worship, Media Shout, PowerPoint, Ableton, Reason, Logic, Finale, GarageBand

Personal

Wife: Micah - Married 14 years
Children: Eisley (11), Emery (7)
Ordained to Ministry
Personality: ENFJ

Top 3 Strengths

Strategic Thinking0%

Connectedness0%

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Philosophy of Worship
What is your philosophy of worship?

 

Foundationally, I use Psalm 33:3 as a blueprint for developing a worship ministry.
“Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.”
First and foremost, we are singing to God! He alone is the One worthy of our praise. The phrase “a new song” opens the door to creativity. Newness does not mean we must abandon classic hymns of the faith, but our presentation can change as we incorporate new things in our worship of God. We are to play skillfully. The idea is that we must practice and become proficient on our instruments and know the words we are singing. We don’t want our lack of excellence to draw undue attention to us and away from the Father. Our skillfulness is not for showing our ability, but it is in itself part of our offering of worship to the worthy God and Savior! Lastly, the idea of loud shouts draws from the first verse in this Psalm—”Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.” (33:1) Joy should encompass everything, and it should mark all of our responses. (see Philippians 4:4) We are joyous because of Christ, and the Spirit ignites our praise as we sing as the redeemed. This Psalm is foundational to the worship ministries I have developed.

 

A “sweet spot” for me is biblically faithfulness coupled with musically pleasing worship songs. On the far-left side of songs, you have fun, moving, or upbeat songs that are benign at best and heretical at worst. I won’t use any of these songs. Some songs expound great biblical truths on the far-right, some are even Scripture set to music, but they are cumbersome at best or drudgery at worst. I might do one or two of these if they fit the sermon theme or series, but they are rare. My “sweet spot” is navigating the middle. Some songs may be more moving, with the truth but don’t tread as deep theologically. Other pieces will feel a little more ridged, but they will plumb the depths of God’s word. Most of the songs will contain rich scriptural depth, with creativity in an engaging way. This idea is seen clearly in Jesus’s conversation about worship with the Woman at the Well in John 4. We are to worship in Spirit and Truth. Spiritual worship consists of all that makes us who we are, joined with the Spirit of God. We have minds, emotions, and wills. When these aspects align with God’s Spirit, we are worshiping in Spirit. Scriptural adherence defines truthful worship. Scripture dictates what is correct about God, People, and this World. When we worship following the truths of Scripture, we worship in truth.

Ideal Relationship with Lead Pastor
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and worship leader?

 

I believe the senior/lead pastor is the lead worshipper. He is the one who hears from the Lord and receives direction for the church. My job as the worship pastor is to fit inside his vision and compliment it. I prefer to know where the pastor is preaching from in the Bible and when possible the overall direction his message is taking. It is ideal to work in tandem with the pastor bringing ideas, song themes, and service items. I typically enjoy hearing all these things then sculpting the music, graphic, and video elements through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

References

Lakan Mariano || (325) 374-2280 || [email protected]
Landon Coleman || (405) 274-5597 || [email protected]
Donald Bugg || (432) 559-7549 || [email protected]
Brad Hamm || (940) 282-7810 || [email protected]

Favorite Worship Song

Faithful Now

Vertical Worship

Favorite Scripture

Romans 5:10-11