Meet our TEAM
Ryan was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. He felt a call into missions at the young age of 5. After studying Intercultural Studies and Missions in college, Ryan married Carolyn in 2007. They have one son, Noah. Ryan has been involved in missions for the past 5 years, and served with Food for the Hungry in Indonesia for 2.5 years working in program development. While in Indonesia, Ryan wished there was more support for missionaries in Asia and he is excited to launch Footstool as a base camp to support and equip missionaries. After spending several years in Asia, Ryan is a self-proclaimed expert at karaoke (he’s actually pretty good), bartering, and avoiding fish politely. He loves to watch sports, and can usually be seen wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers t-shirt.
Member Care Coordinator
Carolyn is originally from Rochester, New York. In undergrad, Carolyn studied Intercultural Studies and went on to serve in Sumatra, Indonesia with Christian relief and development organization, Food for the Hungry. It was during her time in Indonesia that Carolyn developed a heart for caring for the emotional and mental health needs of those serving overseas. In 2014, Carolyn and Ryan left Indonesia for Korea to start Footstool Missions Center. Carolyn also holds a degree in Christian Counseling from Torch Trinity Graduate University. Today she loves to use her experience in cross-cultural ministry and her training in counseling to support field workers through member care. When not chasing her 2 boys around, Carolyn enjoys running, reading as much as possible and eating far too much peanut butter.
Juri was born and raised in Korea until she graduated from middle school, and then she went off to Adelaide, South Australia where she attended high school at an Anglican girls’ school. Adelaide was too small for this city girl, so she departed for the big city and earned a bachelor's degree in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. In 2005, Juri returned to Korea and started working at a company where she began a career in PR. She got married in 2009 to her husband, Joe. Even after marriage Juri did not see herself as a family woman, but God had other plans, and taught her a lesson in self-sacrifice and dying to herself by giving her three children. Today she is a family-driven mom, and can often be found daydreaming of one day traveling the world.
Ivan was born and raised in San Diego, California where he was part of the leadership team of a small church plant that became Mosaic San Diego. He also served as a full-time missionary in Tijuana, Mexico with YWAM Homes of Hope ministry, building 30-40 homes for families in need. In the summer of 2008, Ivan did his DTS with YWAM Denver. In 2010, Ivan moved to Denver to work with a non-profit organization where he worked as a teacher/mentor in a public middle and high school, he also studied recreational management at MSU Denver. He moved to South Korea in November of 2015 to pursue a relationship with his now wife and married in April of 2016. Ivan enjoys running, hiking, photography, and loves snowboarding.
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