Rev. C. Ryan Fields is working on a PhD in Theological Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology. After graduating from TEDS in 2011 with an MDiv and ThM (Systematic Theology) he returned to Gainesville, FL where he served as an associate pastor at Creekside Community Church and was ordained with the EFCA. His largest research interests focus on ecclesiology, specifically the nature of the church, catholicity, and the free church tradition. He aspires to serve the church as a pastor theologian, teaching the Scriptures and shepherding a local congregation to live in light of the gospel while providing broader theological leadership from an ecclesial context. He also has a strong sense of calling to invest in the next generation of pastors. Ryan is married to Emily and together they have two daughters and a desire to serve wherever the Lord would call them.