Dr. Ryan Fraser has been married to his college sweetheart, Missy, for 29 years. They are blessed with a college-age daughter, Olivia, and a teenage son, Austin. Ryan was raised on the mission field in South Africa. He has been preaching the gospel for 29 years.
In 2006, Freed-Hardeman University hired Ryan to teach primarily in their graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. He was invited to become the pulpit minister in Bethel Springs in 2011. Ryan is also a weekly Saturday religion columnist in the Jackson Sun newspaper with his column, entitled “Faithful Living.”
His credentials include a B.A. in Bible, Master’s in Ministry, M.Div., and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling (from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University). Ryan is also a licensed clinical pastoral therapist (LCPT) in the State of Tennessee and has a private practice.
Ryan is passionate about helping people live more fully and freely in Jesus Christ. He also has a heart for pastoral counseling and missionary care in Latin America and collaborates with Great Cities Missions.
For recreation, Ryan enjoys hiking in the mountains and grilling-out in the backyard. He feels privileged to serve as the preacher and an elder at Bethel Springs.
After finishing his undergraduate degree in chemistry (Freed-Hardeman), Jim went to graduate school in Reno, Nevada, studying chemical physics. He and his wife attended the North Virginia Street church of Christ while in school. It was there that Jim realized the need for people to serve in the church, and to do so wholeheartedly. During the six years in Reno, he served as a teacher, preacher, VBS coordinator, and education committee chair. He was hired to serve as the full time minister after graduation.
Jim began teaching chemistry at FHU in 2005, at which time he and his wife started attending Bethel Springs church of Christ. Jim was given many opportunities in the congregation to serve, from college minister to pulpit minister, and was privileged to work with Dr. David Lipe and Dr. Terry Edwards who were ministers before him. He is currently serving as an associate minister and assists in the organization of many congregational activities as well as worship services.
Jim and his wife, Regina, have two children. They have been members of the congregation for several years and appreciate the opportunities that are available to those that want to get involved in working for the Lord. They see the congregation as a loving and welcoming place where people can grow and mature so they can be more effective for God. They love the opportunities that young people are given to support their growth as future church leaders.
It is their hope that the congregation will continually pursue a deeper study of God’s Word in order to foster spiritual growth and be motivated by the example of Jesus to help others around them.