The Rev. Michael J. Ryan
Deacon Michelle “Missy” Couch was ordained in 2018. She was assigned to St. John’s after her Field Education here and is very excited to continue serving this loving community. Deacon Missy is a retired dental hygienist having practiced 40 years. She did dental mission work with Medical Ministry International, Union Gospel Mission and Medical Teams International. She loves teaching and working with people of all ages in Faith Formation. She has been involved in many youth trips, youth conferences, Cursillo, and Education for Ministry. She is on the Examining Board of Chaplains for the Diocese.
She and her husband Steve (a Software Architect for Expedia Group) enjoy SCUBA participating in marathons around the country for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. They have 2 grown sons: Curtis, who is an audio engineer in Burbank, and Dan, who troubleshoots the Office Suite for Microsoft.
After graduation from Albion College in 1966, John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served a year tour of duty in Vietnam with the 15th Marine Counterintelligence Team in Northing Quang Tri Province, RVN.
In 1968, he entered Episcopal Seminary, and was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 1972. John served three congregations in the Diocese of Western Michigan, including 4 years as Dean/Canon Pastor of the Cathedral Church of Christ the King in Kalamazoo Michigan. He was made a Canon Honorary of the Cathedral in March of 1979. He retired from parish ministry in 2014, after serving 30 years as Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore. In the Diocese of Olympia, John also taught Systematic Theology at the School of Theology for several years.
A major focus of his ministry in all the congregations he served was teaching weekly Adult Education classes. The topics of those classes were designed to give Adults the opportunity to learn foundational information about basic Anglican theology, Prayer Book liturgy, spirituality, and Holy Scripture. John describes his passion for foundational formation as “helping people to develop basic competencies to share with others the extraordinary treasures of our Anglican Tradition, and its proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
John has also spent 25 years working individually with veterans and others on the spiritual issues associated with PTSD. He has presented numerous workshops for Mental Health professionals and general audiences about the topic.