Ryan was born in Napier and has spent most of his life in Tauranga, New Zealand. He has been a member of his church from a young age and went to a Christian school and graduated from Faith Bible College in 2013.
Ryan originally trained as a ballet dancer and now works as an aircraft mechanic and pilot for a regional airline based in Tauranga.
At age eleven a missionary came to speak at his school. The stories the missionary told filled the class with horror and wonder. Following this talk Ryan became interested in missionary work. In recent years Ryan has been to Tanzania where he volunteered as an aircraft mechanic for MAF and Tonga where he helped repair schools and churches.
After having an interest in MAF for a number of years and believing that God called him to be a part of this vital work, Ryan is now a missionary pilot with MAF and has a desire to not only save lives physically but also spiritually.