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 two sons, Noah and Finn. Ryan has been involved in missions for the past 9 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 was excited to help launch Footstool as a base camp to support and equip missionaries. Ryan has been with Footstool since its inception, becoming the director of Footstool in 2015. He is currently enrolled at the Ph.D. program for Intercultural Studies at Biola University..




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.



Finance Manager

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.  



Communications Manager

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.



Admin Manager

Sea was born in Korea but moved to the States when she was 3 years old. She grew up in Maryland, graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Operations Management and Information Systems. In January 2018, Sea temporarily moved to Korea to work at a women’s leadership center for a year and before moving back to MD, felt God’s calling to stay a bit longer. She loves to travel and experience new things.


Ryan Smith

Operations & Partnership Coordinator

Ryan grew up in small-town Western NY. In 2004, he put his Bible degree to work with teens through churches, NGOs, coaching gigs, and missions work until present day. In 2008, he and his wife got married and soon moved to South Korea. This opened up opportunities for them since to serve together in Pennsylvania, China, and Virginia. In 2018, they were called back to Korea with their two sons to the place that always held a special place in their hearts. Ryan has a passion for playing basketball, exploring new places with his family, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Interested in joining our team? Email for more information!