Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! My name is Mr. Ryan Baumgart, and I will be teaching your Bible classes for the 6th, 7th, & 8th 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. I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Biblical Studies and Intercultural Studies - a double major. Additionally, I have recently completed my Master's degree in International Legal Studies (Finished Dec. 2021).

I moved to Okinawa 6 years ago (August, 2016) to work at OCSI, bringing a vocational background in web design, and public relations. Some of my hobbies include, but are not been limited to: Archery, Hiking, Kayaking, Painting, and Writing.

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 (2012), where I was director of the base for disaster relief, a trip to Hoboken, New Jersey (2013), where I was 2nd in charge of Food Distribution within the city following Hurricane Sandy, and an extended trip to Antakya, Turkey (2013). This last location is a city we will talk about in 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 my 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 - these classes are designed for you as a safe place to ask questions. Come prepared for this year to look into these things together, and PLEASE bring your questions, curiosity, and desire to learn!

I look forward to get to know each of you through our time together at O.C.S.I., and sharing in God's Word together.

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

Email: ryanbaumgart@ocsi.org

School Phone #: 098-958-3000