Rev. Ryan Krauss is a Central PA native, born and raised in Bedford County. He is a lifelong Methodist and was both baptized and confirmed in the Bedford United Methodist Church. Ryan attended Bedford Area Senior High School. There, he was an actor in the Shakespearean Troupe, a varsity letterman on the wrestling team, concert trumpeter, and marching band drum major his senior year. He graduated as co-valedictorian in 2005.
Ryan was active in many of the youth outlets at Bedford UMC. He faithfully attended Sunday School, was a member of BUM Youth Group, was a Venturing Crew member, and sat on the Conference Council on Youth Ministries. He accepted Jesus into his heart at a rally at age 12, and later felt powerfully called into pastoral ministry at age 16 while attending Annual Conference. Ryan attended Albright College and pursued majors in Psychology and English Literature. On campus he was an officer of the Albright Christian Fellowship and a member of the ultimate frisbee club. Off campus he volunteered as a worship leader at a church plant in Reading, PA.
Beginning in college, Ryan served for three years as a Chaplain in the Park through the Pennsylvania Council of Churches and was stationed at Shawnee State park. He attended seminary at Princeton Theological School in Princeton, NJ. While there he was a student minister at Kingston United Methodist Church. He graduated summa cum laude.
After graduating from seminary, Ryan was appointed as the pastor of Watsontown United Methodist Church and served there for 7 years. In those 7 years, Ryan was commissioned, met his soon-to-be wife Linsey, proposed, was ordained as an elder in full connection, and got married. Golden retriever Charlee joined the family in 2015, Beckett Eli was born July 12, 2016, and Liam Edwin was born March 7, 2019.
Ryan has served on the conference Equipping Vital Congregations team, the Order of Elders Steering Committee, and the Board of Ordained Ministry, where he chairs the Continuing Formation subcommittee. He is a member of the International Coaching Federation and is currently working to achieve the credential of Associate Certified Coach (or ACC). Ryan believes some of his primary gifts for ministry include: down-to-earth preaching, prayer, listening, teaching, and coaching. His goal is to see others fall deeply in love with Jesus Christ.
For pastimes, Ryan enjoys (weather permitting) daily walks with the family, reading, playing boardgames with family, friends, or even strangers, and playing frisbee golf. He’s been a collector of LEGO® toys since age 5. Thanks to the Church, he takes his coffee black.