Dean Rush is pleased to have the opportunity to get to know you. Thank you for caring about the potential of carrying Christ into the workplace. Here is some information about Dean.
He grew up on a farm in Indiana, obtained a pilot license as a teenager then spent eleven years as a pilot in the Air Force. After the military he started he started several aviation businesses, spent time with American Airlines, and later retired as president of Fairchild Dornier, an aircraft manufacturing company.
Dean's undergraduate degree was a BA in psychology from DePauw University. He later obtained master’s degrees in public administration from Golden Gate University and Religious studies from Liberty University. Following seminary, Dean spent 15 years as an executive pastor. Presently, he serves as the executive director of Faith Breakthroughs, a non-profit, whose objective it is to get Christ into the home and workplace. The job also involves speaking to many organizations about using biblical principles in business. Dean and his wife Vickie have been married more than 53 years. They have two children, and 4 grandchildren. The most applicable verse for life that he asks people to rely on is Deuteronomy 31:6“ Be strong and courageous. Do not panic before them. For the Lord, our God, will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you or abandon you even in the face of your enemy.” (NLT)
Ryan was called as the Senior Pastor of Kingsland in May of 2014 after serving as the Senior Pastor of Bannockburn Baptist Church in Austin for ten years. He has been ministering to families for over two decades. In fact, Ryan sensed a call to the ministry at such a young age that he had to get his hardship driver’s license to travel to his first church staff position – at the age of fifteen.
Prior to returning to Texas - the place of his upbringing, Ryan also served as the Family Pastor of the historic Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has hosted numerous radio and television programs on the subject of family life, and has authored two books. Home on Time: Life Management by the Book is a look at Psalm 90 that is helping lead families away from the chaos caused by living within the framework of a disorganized life.
Ryan's second book, Walls: Why Everybody's Stuck (and Nobody Has to Be), was released by Tyndale House Publishers in 2011, and shares the principles and stories of Faith Breakthroughs that have become an extraordinary part of church life at Bannockburn.
Ryan also served as an Adjunct Professor at Liberty University. He taught a course entitled, “Theology of the Family” for ministry students. Ryan is a graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Lana, have three daughters: Ryley, Reagan, and Lily.
Faithbreakthroughs is intended to provide an avenue for Odessa Christians to carry God’s message into the families and Odessa workplaces and throughout America.
In His time on earth, Jesus never missed an opportunity to speak to everyone He encountered with that “He was the way, the truth, and the light”. He used the disciples to expand the message and then they taught others to carry it into the lives of people they encountered.
Faithbreakthroughs is now a method of your being able to transport the message across Odessa. The pages we have included on this site are for your use to fill that commission.