Dr. Greg Ryerson waited 45 years for the privilege of visiting the Central African Republic. In January, his life-long dream became a reality when he spent 22 days in the CAR as the guest of Pastor Andre Mboi, president of the Union des Eglises Evangelique du Freres.
“When I was a teenager in the 60s, Dr. Orville Jobson challenged me to consider a missionary career in the CAR,” Ryerson recalls. “God led me in another direction. But when I stood in the doorway of the print shop at the mission station in Bangui, I broke down and wept. A big chunk of my heart has always been with this place and these people.
Ryerson, an ordained FGBC elder, spoke twice at the Grace Brethren general conference in Berberati. He preached at two of the country’s Grace Brethren churches and in the Brethren Biblical Seminary in Bangui. At Bambari, Ryerson led a week-long seminar for evangelists.
“I’d love to go back regularly to help train church leaders for the task of disciple-making,” says Ryerson. “I want to be on the front lines in the last battle for the soul of Africa.”
Ryerson is a member of Community Grace Brethren Church in West Milton, Ohio and works independently as a biblical counselor in the Dayton, Ohio, area.