Dr. Ryan Whitson
Lead Pastor

I grew up as a beach kid from Oceanside, California. Attended Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA) where I played baseball and began my journey as a follower of Jesus. After graduation I went on staff with The Navigators where I met my now wife, Laura. In 2000 we were married and soon after I transitioned to serving in the local church as a pastor. I have a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty University (Biblical Studies and Church Ministries) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Biola University (Philosophical Theology). In addition, I am the author of two books (Dangerous Discipleship, Reasons to Believe) and several articles. Laura and I have four kids. Now you know a little more about me.

- I look forward to getting to know you and helping you grow in your relationship with Jesus.


Things I’m Thankful For

My wife and kids, God’s grace and the opportunity to serve at New Hope Church.

I Enjoy

Family time, evening walks with my wife, popcorn movie nights, time with friends, home improvement projects, playing guitar, coffee shops, and reading.


Favorite Movies/TV

Dan in Real Life, The Greatest Showman, Remember the Titans, The Avengers, I Can Only Imagine, to name a few...

Favorite Music Groups/CDs

Bebo Norman, Hillsong, and various musicals (e.g. Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Les Miserables).

I Hope To Someday

To tour Israel with my family.

Some Favorite Books Read

Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey, The Universe Next Door by James Sire, Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, and anything by C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Henri Nouwen, and J.P. Moreland.


Favorite Verses

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1