New Member: Ryan Slauer

Another addition to introducing our new members through sharing a little of their story. Our hope is that these stories will allow us to grow closer as a family as well as an avenue to share the story of our city.

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I was born in Dallas to loving, Christian parents who started taking me to church and having quiet times with me at a very young age. We moved around a lot when I was younger, living in places scattered around the south. Constantly being the new kid and having a severe speech impediment (and later on, a severe case of acne) didn’t do wonders for my self-confidence. I moved to Johns Creek, Ga just before I started high school (Northview High School). Throughout my high school years I attended Perimeter Church and I swam for Swim Atlanta. Currently, I am a third-year Economics and Latin major planning on going to medical school.

Being raised in a Christian home and having gone to church my whole life, I have been surrounded by God’s truth for as long as I can remember. I “prayed a prayer” and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was 7, but I’m sure I didn’t fully understand the Gospel at that point. But I don’t really know when I actually became a Christian. I suspect that it was a gradual process that began at a very young age. Perhaps, even though I did not fully understand it, God did give me the Holy Spirit at age 7. This detail, however, is much less important to me than the reality of God’s presence in my life and His faithfulness to me.

For the reason of grace alone, God has been with me for as long as I can remember. He has loved me and has taken care of me, and he has protected me from many sins and pitfalls along the way. What evidence is there that shows that I am a Christian? Well I certainly desire to walk as Jesus walked every day, and to love as Jesus loved, and to make Christ the center of every thought, action, and word. But these things come second to what really, for me, proves my status as a child of God: that over the years God has impressed upon me in a remarkable way the nature of my sinfulness and my brokenness.

Despite having been a Christian for so long and having avoided the big “visible” sins that are often talked about in testimonies as the wake-up call for Christ, God has not let me forget my depravity and my need for Jesus. He reveals depths of my sin that shock me and, were it not for Christ, would put me in despair. But I don’t have to despair, because Jesus has saved me from my sin and shame.

My mission field is primarily my fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi. My closest friends are my fraternity brothers, and most of them are not Christians. It is they whom I primarily hope to witness to through my words and my actions. God has also given me the opportunity to talk about Him in some of my campus involvements, such as the Student Government Association. I also hope to make my Latin major more of a mission field. It is a small major, where many of the students are close-knit and I hope God will use me there in some way.

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