Rye and his wife Becky are missionaries to Costa Rica serving alongside a number of area mission programs. Becky is a gifted teacher and mentor in women’s ministry. Both seek to be humble bondservants of their Lord, Christ Jesus.
Rye was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee and committed his life to Christ at an early age. His walk with the Lord became focused while attending The University of Tennessee earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees (BS, MSSW). During this time he became active at the Christian Student Fellowship. He received a post-graduate degree from Oxford receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in Religion and Society. His focus was on Biblically based counseling. Rye is a member of the Oxford Society of Scholars and was a Charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
As the Pastor of Discipleship and Care for Horizon Church, Rye lends an administrative hand to a variety of ministries at the church. He also works with the church body giving Biblically based support. This support is offered through one-on-one contacts with individuals and families, leading and facilitating Bible study groups and training interested believers to become mentors within the congregation.
Rye and his wife Becky have five children. The two youngest are in Costa Rica with Mom and Dad. The two oldest children are married with growing families of their own. Their middle child is working in central Florida.
Both Rye and Becky felt God had invited them to come to Jaco and support the Horizon Church and other ministry efforts already making a difference for the cause of Christ.