Bryan | Angel

Andrew | Aaron | Abigail | Anna | Alexander

Bryan & Angel

We’re the Ries family. I’m Bryan. I’ve been married to my amazing wife Angel for 14 years. We have been graced with 5 great kids; Andrew, Aaron, Abigail, Anna, and Alexander. This makes me the odd-one-out in the family. I’m the only B. I grew up on the southside of Indianapolis. I was invited to church by a guy in my high school barbershop quartet (yes, you read that right.) I became a believer in Jesus Christ at the age of 15. My life has never been the same. God called me to preach when I was 18 and I began preparing for the ministry through Bible College. Following my second year of college, I started a summer internship at my home church, Northern Park Baptist Church in Greenwood, IN under my pastor, Allen Pierce. At the conclusion of the summer, my pastor asked me to stay on at the church as the youth/music pastor and finish my B.A. in Bible at Indiana Baptist College. Sensing that this was the Lord’s will, I agreed and graduated from IBC in 2005. After 5 years of life and ministry at Northern Park, Angel and I (and our 2 month old first born) became houseparents at Hope Children’s Home in Tampa, FL. We spent 2 years raising 25 abandoned, abused, neglected boys between the ages of 2 and 18 there before returning to Indiana where the Lord had impressed upon our hearts to plant Blue River Baptist Church in Edinburgh, IN. The Lord led us to step away as their pastor after 5 years. That was one of the toughest decisions that we’ve ever made-but, it was the right one for us and the church. I also currently produce a weekly podcast called The Ministry Connection to help build community and facilitate discussion among Independent Baptist ministry leaders. God has called my family and I to go and serve Christ on the mission field of Thailand. We started deputation in January 2016. Let me know if you’d like to schedule us to come and share our burden with your church! No matter what, we’d love to have you pray for us! Let’s connect on Twitter or Facebook!

My name is: Andrew

  • My name means: strong, manly, courageous

  • My favorite food is: Pepperoni Pizza

  • My favorite candy is: York Peppermint Patties

  • My favorite sport is: Baseball

  • My favorite school subject is: Math

  • In my free time, I enjoy: Playing on my Nintendo 3DS XL

  • Something I’m good at is: Reading

  • Someone I really admire is: My Dad

  • I enjoy reading: The Geronimo Stilton series

  • One of my favorite Bible verses is: Acts 5:5

My name is: Aaron

  • My name means: Light of the world

  • My favorite food is: Pepperoni Pizza

  • My favorite candy is: Tropical Sour Patch Kids

  • My favorite sport is: Soccer

  • My favorite school subject is: Science

  • In my free time, I enjoy: Spending time with my family

  • Something I’m good at is: Sports

  • Someone I really admire is: My Mom

  • I enjoy reading: The “I Survived” series

  • One of my favorite Bible verses is: Matthew 28:6 because it talks about when Jesus rose from the dead

My name is: Abigail

  • My name means: Father’s joy

  • My favorite food is: spaghetti

  • My favorite candy is: Guava hard candy

  • My favorite sport is: Baseball

  • My favorite school subject is: Math

  • In my free time, I enjoy: Riding on my bike

  • Something I’m good at is: Helping Mom wash the dishes

  • Someone I really admire is: My Mom

  • I enjoy reading: Dr. Seuss

  • One of my favorite Bible verses is: Romans 5:8

My name is: Anna

  • My name means: To be gracious

  • My favorite food is: Strawberries

  • My favorite candy is: Skittles

  • My favorite sport is: Swimming

  • My favorite school subject is: Math

  • In my free time, I enjoy: Learning to read

  • Something I’m good at is: Riding my bike without training wheels

  • Someone I really admire is: Daddy

  • I enjoy reading: Mo Willem’s books

  • One of my favorite Bible verses is: Let God’s people go!

My name is: Alexander

  • My name means: Defender of men

  • My favorite food is: Broccoli

  • My favorite candy is: Shark Gummies

  • My favorite sport is: Swimming

  • My favorite school subject is: Math

  • In my free time, I enjoy: Swimming

  • Something I’m good at is: Riding on my bike

  • Someone I really admire is: Mommy

  • I enjoy reading: The pig book

  • One of my favorite Bible verses is: Moses