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About Ryan

I am Ryan Martin, a post-graduate student at a fundamentalist Baptist seminary in Minnesota and on staff at Bethany Bible Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. One of the reasons I blog is found in the words of Augustine: “I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write” (Letters cxliii.2).

I was born to parents who were members of a church in rural Illinois called the Apostolic Christian Church, an Anabaptist denomination most akin to the Mennonites. My mother and father enrolled me there in the first grade. In late grade school, my parents became members of a Baptist church in central Illinois. It was through the ministry of this Christian school that I heard and believed the gospel. I attended Northland Baptist Bible College (now Northland International University), majoring in sacred music with a minor in pastoral studies.  After a year of traveling and marrying my fair wife, I moved to the Minneapolis area and enrolled at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and am now in the later stages toward becoming Doctor of Philosophy at that institution. I moved in 2010 to Hendersonville, North Carolina to be on staff at Bethany Bible Church. I have children too.

The header art is by Rembrandt, The Mennonite Minister Cornelius Claeszoon Anslo in Conversation with His Wife Aaltje 1641.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Justin permalink
    December 25, 2006 6:35 pm

    Sorry, but I still don’t know what this blog is about. Care to loop me in?

  2. December 15, 2007 8:01 am

    Ah, must be Southwestern.

  3. MF Heil permalink
    April 18, 2008 11:43 am

    Actually Justin, I think Immoderate has told us not only about him/herself but also exactly what we can expect from this blog.

  4. Rick permalink
    January 18, 2010 12:42 am

    Dear Ryan,
    I replied to the comments about Al Martin months ago. I was surprised that people were still commenting about his ministry. I am glad you stopped taking more comments. I like your blog would like to ready more things.

    I too went to a fundamentalist school in the 70’s called Denver Baptist Bible College. It finally closed and was swallowed up in Failth Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. I am still recovering from my training there. I graduated from DBBC in 1978 and went to Denver Seminary and graduated from what was then called Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in 1982. Good school, but I would say I am more in line with Reformed Baptist at this point in my life, yet I go to a PCA church in Duluth, Georgia. I’ll be reading.

  5. January 29, 2010 8:07 pm

    FYI — You may already be aware of it, but if not, you might be interested to know that John Sailhamer’s new book, The Meaning of the Pentateuch, uses the same picture for its cover as you do for you blog.


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