As the Communications Director, Ryan manages a team of graphic designers, copy editors, video producers and social media managers to tell the stories of how God is working among international students. His team produces flyers for events, monthly newsletters, website updates and videos to improve communication between IFI and donors, volunteers and students. Their goal is to bring more honor to God.
Ryan became involved in international student ministry while in college at the University of Cincinnati (UC). Since first feeling the Lord’s calling to continue serving international students, Ryan has attended a Mandarin school in Beijing, China for four months, helped start an international Bible study and American slang class on UC campus, and married an amazing woman also with a heart to serve internationals.
Ryan studied Graphic Communication Design at UC’s design college (DAAP) and has been practicing web design, web development and video production since before high school. After starting his first web design business as a sophomore in high school, Ryan continued to work for web startups located in San Diego, London (UK) and Cincinnati to pay his way through college.
Since he first knew God, Ryan felt drawn to serve Him passionately. In 2015, Ryan and his wife, Liz, learned of the opportunity to join IFI’s staff as Communications Director. It was the perfect mix: Using God’s gifts of design and communication, enabling him to serve international students full-time, and requiring larger faith to leave his current web design job and cut salary. After seeking to understand how to best honor God, Ryan and Liz decided to move forward together in faith, excited for what lay ahead.
Support Needs: Ryan is striving to continue serving with IFI long-term, and to dedicate the gifts God has given him to serve internationals. To do so, he is looking for monthly financial supporters to join him and his family in fulfilling God’s mission to reach all nations.
Ways to Give to Ryan’s Ministry
- EASY GIVING: Give automatically through your bank account.
- Use your bank’s ONLINE BILL PAY or mail a check to:
International Friendships, Inc.
PO Box 82416
Columbus, OH 43202-0416
Please write “RYAN FINKE” on the check memo line or in the memo or account field in your online bill payer.
- Credit Card online (see form on this page)