Dr Ryan Jespersen
Dr. Jespersen currently serves as Director of Denominational Relations at Dallas Baptist University, his alma mater. In this role, he works to serve as a link between DBU and the local church, and various denominational bodies. Prior to his work at DBU, he served as Director of Urban Missions at the Baptist General Convention of Texas for four years and also a local church pastor, including seven years as Senior pastor of Grace Temple Baptist Church. He regularly preaches in local churches, along with serving as an interim pastor. He is under contract for a book with Rainer Publishing on the topic of urban church transition that will be out in 2020. He teaches adjunctly at DBU in the Graduate School of Ministry.
Ryan completed his undergraduate degree from DBU and went on to complete his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. He and his wife, Joanna, have two daughters, Rachel and Mary Kate. Joanna serves as Minister to Children and Families at Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas.