Ryan Guzouskis is TCC’s new NextGen and Groups Pastor! Ryan is originally from Dothan, AL, but he has been serving in Jackson, TN as the Young Adult Discipleship Pastor for West Jackson Baptist Church for the past two years. Prior to this he served at Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest, NC as the Pastor of Student Ministries. Ryan met his beautiful wife Kelly in the college ministry at Richland Creek, and they were married in August 2012. Ryan and Kelly are the parents of two precious little girls, Charlie Lynne (8/2018) and Hadley James (6/2020).
Ryan loves spending time with his family, sports, the outdoors, and investing his time and talents in the local church. He has a heart for discipleship and desires to serve the Lord faithfully by leading other’s to know Christ through teaching God’s Word and sharing life together.
The Lord saved Ryan in the midst of a rough season in middle school. Shortly after, he began attending Memphis Baptist Church through the bus ministry and the Lord used his youth pastor to change his life forever. In his junior year of high school he surrendered to God’s call on his life into full-time pastoral ministry. During his senior year he served as the Recreation Minister at his church, and after graduating he moved to Wake Forest, NC to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Studies from the College at Southeastern.
As a new student at Southeastern, he began attending Richland Creek Community Church, where he plugged into serving in the student ministry as a small group leader. During this time his passion for discipling others and teaching the Bible grew greatly. In May 2012 he began serving as the Student Ministry Assistant and upon graduating from college in December 2012 he transitioned to serve as the High School Minister. In 2015 Ryan began to pursue an Advanced Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated in May 2019.
Ryan served as the High School Pastor for over five years before taking on a larger leadership role in 2018 as the Pastor of Students Ministries. In this role he oversaw the middle school, high school, and college ministries. Over the last ten years, the Lord has established and confirmed a deep desire in his heart to teach God’s Word, invest in people, and raise up leaders to do the same.
During this time, his ministry has also expanded to include a love for college students and young adults. The Lord used his college years to develop him into a man who is pursuing the Lord with all his heart. In light of this the Lord saw fit to move their family to serve college students and young adults in Jackson, TN. In his current position, Ryan, shepherds and leads a dynamic young adult ministry with over 200 college students and young adults. Ryan and Kelly are excited about using their experience to lead the Next Generation and Groups Ministries at Triangle Community Church!