About

Dr. Phil Stevenson
Executive Director

Phil has an extensive background in coaching denominational leaders, pastors and church
planters. He has consulted on church growth and multiplication issues with a variety of
denominations including the Wesleyan Church, Nazarene Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Free Methodist Church and The Evangelical Church.

Phil has conducted seminars all across North America on leadership, strategic change,
church planting, church growth, evangelism and missional church initiatives. He has spoken at
conferences in North America, Australia and Mexico.

Phil is adjunct professor for Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He has taught as a visiting
professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, Ohio Christian University, Southern Wesleyan
University and Bethany Bible College.

Phil has written four books: The Ripple Church: Multiplying Churches, Five Things Anyone
Can Do To Lead Effectively, Five Things Anyone Can Do To Help Their Church Grow and Five
Things Anyone Can Do to Help Start a New Church. He has had articles published in a variety
of periodicals including Group Magazine, Wesleyan Life, America Society of Church Growth
Journal and The Great Commission Research Journal. He also serves as the North American
Editor of the Great Commission Research Journal.

Phil has a BA degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, MA degree in
Theology & Philosophy from Point Loma Nazarene University and a DMin from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Contact Phil directly at pstevenson8@gmail.com

Ryan Stevenson
Founder

Ryan is a husband, father, leader, entrepreneur, and devoted follower. Since graduating from
Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2003 he has served in various leadership positions at various
churches across the nation including Director of Student Ministries in Kalamazoo MI, Assistant
Pastor in Fair Oaks CA, and Director of Teams and Teaching Pastor in Sacramento CA.

Ryan is a passionate speaker with an extensive background in speaking in various
environments. Ryan has been the featured speaker at middle school and high school camps,
universities, schools and churches. Ryan’s storytelling and practical approach is meaningful for
both students and adults alike.

Ryan is the founder of The River Foundation, a non-profit community based organization that
is passionate about fostering healthy kids, families, and communities. in early 2010 The River
Foundation conducted a community based assessment of the Natomas area of Sacramento, CA.
Over 200 residents and 30 local business leaders were surveyed and interviewed to ascertain
the greatest strengths and greatest unmet needs of the community. Ryan was an crucial
part of forming CLUB316, a faith-based after school program for middle school students, in collaboration with local schools.

In the summer of 2010 Ryan and his family sold their house, left their familiar surroundings and
moved to West Sacramento to pursue the possibility of planting a church. Ryan is currently part
of the Teaching Staff at Riverside Wesleyan Church and loves the opportunity to speak and
consult with local churches.

Contact Ryan directly at ryan@thesisugroup.org