Dale S. Ryan

Director of the Institute for Recovery Ministry and Associate Professor of Recovery Ministry

BS, Occidental College
MS, PhD, University of California, Davis
MDiv, Bethel Seminary

Courses Taught

CN533: Recovery Ministries in the Local Church

CN553: Pastoral Care and Abuse

CN567: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Addiction studies, recovery ministry

“There was a time when the Christian community took confession, making amends, and repentance far more personally than we do today. Now, if we want to do these practices in a way that leads to a more faithful and fulfilling life, we can learn from participants in 12-step fellowships, who have a great deal of practical experience. This would require sufficient spiritual humility to be teachable; however, the spiritual benefit could be substantive.”


Dr. Ryan joins members of the Fuller community to reflect on addiction and grace.


Dale Ryan, part of the School of Theology faculty since 1993, is associate professor of recovery ministry and director of the Fuller Institute for Recovery Ministry.

Before coming to Fuller, Ryan was a member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his research focused on naturally occurring food toxins and on protein biochemistry. He gained ministry experience as pastor of care and fellowship at Whittier Area Baptist Fellowship in Whittier, California. Ryan also serves as the CEO of Christian Recovery International, an organization helping the Christian community become a safer and more accommodating place for people recovering from addiction, abuse, or trauma.

Ryan has written several books, among which are Soul Repair: Rebuilding a Spiritual Life (coauthored, 2008), Letting God Be God (2001), The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Kindergarten (1999), and Life Recovery Guides (1994). He has also published numerous articles in STEPS, a publication of the National Association for Christian Recovery. His courses include Pastoral Care and Abuse, and Recovery Ministry and the Local Church.

Download Dr. Ryan’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications, here.

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