Genre Nomad Author
I'm Ryan J. Pelton, and I create things mostly with words.
I've planted and pastored three churches, written eighteen fiction and nonfiction books, created a couple writing courses, and host a popular podcast: The Prolific Writer. From speaking to writing to teaching, most of my work involves the world of words. If you find any of my work helpful, encouraging, or experience a few hours of entertainment, I'll consider it a success, and chock it up to grace.
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What I'm doing now
Here are a few things I'm up to these days:
>Ramping up my digital scrapbook/blog for 2020 here.
>Writing a new series of mystery novels set in a beach town in California. Find all my books here.
>Helping start a new church on the south side of Kansas City here.
>Working on a new website/podcast: The Common Grace Project. I'll be interviewing interesting people doing good work in the world and writing about the intersection of grace and faith and the lackthereof in culture.
>Continue to help writers with their craft here.
>By grace, following Jesus, loving/serving my wife, and children, and pastoring a great community of faith: New City Church.
I live in Kansas City, Missouri (not Kansas), a great urban city and wonderful place to raise a family. We moved here ten years ago to plant a new church. We've grown to love KC's world class BBQ, having our hearts broken with mediocre professional sports teams (I'm looking at you Chiefs, Sporting KC, and Royals), and a thriving arts community.
I've pastored and planted churches for twenty years in Missouri, Colorado, Michigan, and California. I'm a Southern California native (born in Long Beach) and was educated at Biola University (BA) and Calvin Theological Seminary (MA).
Writing is one of my great joys. Since 2012, I've written and published eighteen fiction and nonfiction books in a variety of genres.
I married my high school sweetheart, Christy, in 2001, and we have four children who keep us on our toes.
If you find my work helpful, encouraging, or somewhere in between, chock it up to grace. I've also come to see that the whole thing is Sacred...
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