(Posted in Covenant Seminary Thistle) Covenant Seminary recently named Rev. Mark Ryan (MDiv ’99) as the new director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute (FSI), effective January 1, 2013. Ryan was an intern with FSI during his student days and has worked with L’Abri Fellowship in both Massachusetts and Canada. He also has pastored churches in Australia and the US, most recently as associate pastor at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship in Maplewood, Mo.

Ryan’s ministry experience, heart for evangelism, and interest in helping others navigate the crosscurrents of religion and culture make him uniquely qualified for the position. He will also serve as adjunct professor of religion and culture at the Seminary.

Prof. Jerram Barrs continues to serve as resident scholar of FSI as well as professor of Christian studies and contemporary culture.