Ryan McAdams lives in Providence Forge (Charles City County) with his lovely wife and four beautiful children. Moving from California to Williamsburg in 1988 when he was sixteen years old, Ryan was exposed to the rich history of the Historic Triangle which in turn fostered a passion in him for liberty and our founding principles that continues to burn bright to this day. As a resident in the 4th Congressional District, he enjoys the variety of people, natural beauty, and diverse culture the area provides.
After being named Virginia State Player of the Year in baseball his senior year, Ryan earned a scholarship to Virginia Military Institute. As a cadet he learned the meaning of character, honor, and perseverance that has been a strong foundation to build on throughout his life. He transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Ryan was accepted to American University to pursue graduate work, but dramatically felt the divine call to serve God in ministry and, instead, attended Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary earning a Masters of Divinity in 1997. Ryan then entered ministry in the church and has served the Lord, God’s people, and the community for over 20 years. It was in 1997 that he met his wife, Jade, and they have been happily married for over 17 years. Since 2013, he has been the Senior Leader of Agape Mission Church in Williamsburg.
Having lived and worked in rural towns and large metropolitan areas over the years, Ryan has engaged each community in various capacities outside professional ministry. He has served on the Board of the Salvation Army, worked as a J.V. Head Baseball Coach, been a small business owner/independent contractor (water restoration and mold remediation), a Crisis Intervention Specialist, and a full-time Social Worker. As the Youth and Family Services Coordinator for the City of Williamsburg (from 2010 to 2012), Ryan worked with at-risk youth and families in conjunction with the public school system. He has a heart for the needy, poor, and working class and has a good understanding how the federal government can be reformed to help, empower, and change lives for the better.
Always mindful of the community at large, Ryan has worked with intentionality to build cooperation and unity amongst citizens in both church and secular settings to help serve the city and neighboring region. He started bi-monthly City-Wide Prayer to encourage cooperation amongst local churches and has helped sponsor community forums and organized regional and state-wide conferences to help foster communication and education. Ryan serves monthly at food distribution/outreaches, has worked on college campuses with students of all nationalities, and built partnerships between local business, churches, local government, and law enforcement agencies.
In December of 2016, Ryan became the volunteer State Director for the Virginia Prayer Caucus. (The Virginia Prayer Caucus is part of a nationwide movement of praying legislators and citizens joining together to preserve America’s spiritual heritage and protect individual religious liberty.) While working in the realm of government and with a growing concern for the direction of our nation, Ryan saw the need for honorable and principled leaders to help move our country forward. It became clear that God was calling Ryan and that his life experiences, passion, and convictions had uniquely qualified him to serve the citizens of the 4th Congressional District in this critical time in history. Ryan is committed to serve and faithfully work for the good of all Virginians and the country he loves.