Ryan Downing


Ryan became pastor of Faith United Church of Christ on September 11, 2016. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree (American Studies) from the University of Dayton and a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. Prior to answering his call to ordained ministry, Ryan was a busy stay-at-home parent and, before that, a union organizer. Originally, from Ohio, Ryan has lived in Iowa since 1998 and is happy to call the Hawkeye state home.

As pastor Ryan preaches, teaches, plans and leads worship, provides pastoral care, reaches out to the community, and collaborates with everyone at Faith UCC to, in the words of Micah, “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” 

Ryan is married to Jennifer Sherer. Together, they have two daughters (Althea and Naomi) and do their best to support one another in answering all the many ways God calls them to serve others. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys reading, hiking, playing guitar, bicycling, and cooking.