RYAN BLACKWELL / M.DIV., 2008 Pastor, FBC San Francisco

Try pastoring an inner-city, historic church at age 27. That’s just what Ryan did.

Ryan Blackwell knows where biblical theology and innovative ministry meet—it’s right outside his door. Now the pastor of First Baptist Church San Francisco, Ryan was raised in an entirely different culture. When he came to Golden Gate for his M.Div., his eyes were opened to the importance of a theology that’s both biblically faithful and culturally incarnational.

“Golden Gate gave me a new passion for the Church and the Gospel that I had never experienced growing up in the Bible belt.”

That passion and preparation set Ryan on a path that eventually led back to pastoring in one of the most strategic locations in the country—the center of a city where dozens of cultures, languages, and people groups intersect…exactly the place where sound biblical theology meets progressive missional ministry.