Ryan Lister, PhD

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Professor of Theology
  • Portland Campus, Bueermann Hall, 306
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"My approach to Gospel Centered Transformation is academic discipleship. The goal in the classroom is to inform but only in order to bring about real application, spiritual growth and change. This often leads me from the classroom lectern to the dinner table and into local churches with the student for the expansion of God’s kingdom."

Degrees Earned

PhD in Systematic Theology

Southern Seminary

Master of Divinity

Southern Seminary

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina 

Current Ministry Involvement

Co-Creator, The Canvas Conference


Associate Pastor

Trinity Church of Portland 

A Defining Moment

"All I could do is stare at myself in the mirror. They had shaved my head, replaced my civilian clothes with a uniform, and yelled so loud that my ears rang constantly. My world was so upside down that I could not even recognize my own reflection. In that brief silent moment in the chaos of my first week at The Citadel, everything I used to identify myself the cadre at this military college had stripped away. And so I prayed. “Lord, I don’t know who I am or what I am supposed to do. I need your help.” Over the shouts and cries ricocheting throughout barracks, all I could hear were the words of Galatians 2:20. The Lord had answered me: You are mine. Everything else fell by the wayside; I was to find my identity in my union with Christ. Then the first sergeant kicked in the door. " 


Humanity and Sin: An Introduction — Crossway, forthcoming

In the King’s Commission: Creativity for a Broken Culture — Moody, forthcoming

Redesigned Cathedrals: Creativity for the Christian Church — Moody, forthcoming

Emblems of the Infinite King: Enter the Knowledge of the Living God — Crossway, 2019

Images and Idols: Creativity for the Christian Life — Moody, 2018

The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of Our Lives — Crossway, 2014

Ryan Lister's Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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