Ryan Gruman

Welcome! My name is Ryan and I’m a FOCUS Missionary.

Come and encounter Christ together with me!

Where I serve

I am an Iowa native currently serving the students at St. Francis University in Loretta, Pa. Go Red Flash!

My Story


During my early years of college, I struggled with perfectionism, lack of worthiness, isolation, and fear of failure. Even though I was active at the Catholic student center since I was a freshman at the University of Northern Iowa, I was lost from God. I found God calling me to recenter myself and run to Him. From there, God led me to build a deeper relationship with himself and others around me. I felt more like myself than I did in the previous eight years. My radical conversion is due to the work of God through the FOCUS missionaries at UNI who lived with God in the center of their lives and led the bible studies I participated in. I looked up to them as another older sibling, and they always pointed me to Jesus. I was amazed by their spiritual life and how they shared the gospels outwardly to students. The changes I made moved me enough that I desired to give back what I had and search deeper into my relationship with God as a FOCUS missionary. As a missionary, I seek to imitate Christ by bringing others to God and to grow in sonship.

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I’ve been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I’d be honored to share this mission with you. “Some give by going, others go by giving.”

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