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Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 school year! My name is Mr. Ryan Baumgart, and I will be teaching your Bible classes for the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. I am looking forward to sharing this exciting year with you, and delving into some really cool topics. 

A little bit about myself:
I am a graduate of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A., having graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Biblical Studies and Intercultural Studies - a double major. I only recently moved to Okinawa (August, 2016), with the intent of working at Okinawa Christian School. I also have a vocational background in web design, and public relations. Some of my hobbies in the past have included, but not been limited to: Archery, Hiking, Kayaking, Painting, and Writing. Each of these things are incredibly enjoyable to me, and I look forward to seeing what is offered here in Okinawa. I look forward, also, to get to know each of you through our time together at O.C.S.I..

My history with teaching includes 3 years as a youth leader in Grand Rapids, and a number of opportunities preaching. I also have experience in cross-cultural missions, including: a short trip to Henryville, Indiana, where I was director of a HUB for disaster relief, a trip to Hobokan, New Jersey, where I was 2nd in charge of 

food distribution within the city following Hurricane Sandy, and an extended trip to Antakya, Turkey (A city we will talk about in Apologetics and New Testament). This last trip included church planting, relational ministry, and some unique experiences within the city. I have a strong passion for ministry and a global sharing of the gospel that is in large part a reason for coming to Okinawa. So whatever your background is with the Bible, whether a lifelong believer, or someone who is just looking to figure out what this whole Jesus thing is, this class is designed for you as
a safe place to ask those questions. Come prepared for this year to look into these things together, and PLEASE bring your questions, curiosity, and desire to learn!

I am looking forward to a great year!

If you have any questions for me, do not hesitate to contact me through the school. My contact information is as follows:
School Address: 1835 Zakimi, Yomitan, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture 904-0301
School Phone #: 953-3000