|June 15, 2017|
Meet Ryan Denton
Ryan Denton founded Christ in the Wild in 2016. Since then he has been engaged in gospel proclamation in the “wild” on a daily basis. Ryan was saved by Jesus Christ at age 22. Until then he’d been living with a woman out of wedlock. He was using whiskey and marijuana regularly. His cussing would’ve humbled any sailor. But then a friend died. The Lord used DEATH to show Ryan that he too was mortal. He realized his bones would one day be plunged into the earth, regardless of what he accomplished in this life. He realized how vein it was to trust in his own strength, “whose breath is in his nostrils.” God started giving him a hunger for the things of Him. Ryan moved out of his girlfriend’s house. He stopped partying. He began to read the Word of God.
One night Ryan took a walk in rural New Mexico and looked at the stars and saw that “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” The scales fell out of his eyes. The majesty of God had pummeled him. The beauty of Christ’s death and resurrection had clenched him. The Holy Spirit sealed him. “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8. The Love of God had been shed abroad in his heart. Christ’s presence became warmer and more tangible than any drug or woman he’d ever known. Convicted of sin, the outward ones began to vanish, the boozing and the smoking and the whoring and the cussing, but he became aware of an even fiercer battle between sin and holiness that was taking place in his thoughts and heart.
This warfare continues today, as each day he labors to become more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, and as each day his flesh attempts to resist him. Yet one thing he tries to do, “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,” he seeks to press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called him heavenward in Christ Jesus. He can say with Paul, “But by the grace of God I am what I am.”
Shortly after this Ryan graduated from UNM in Albuquerque with BA’s in Philosophy and English, then St. John’s College in Santa Fe with a Master’s degree in Classics. The whole time he was resisting God’s call on his life to preach. It was after Santa Fe when he gave up the world’s pursuits for good. The repulsion and futility he felt towards academics and the world’s ambitions catapulted him into the sole pursuit of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, which he’s done ever since, through the grace of our Lord. Ryan married his wife Tasha shortly after. They live in El Paso, TX.
Ryan Preaching Christ and Him crucified to the masses
Ryan preaching at Super Bowl Outreach.