Ryan Burns

I make things work.

Specifically, I look at ideas, organizations, and systems, taking in the many interconnected pieces, and find ways to make them work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

In my free time, I enjoy intense physical challenges, writing, starting small businesses, marketing, and being with my family.

What I Do

Redemption Hill Church

For my day job, I work at a church in Richmond, VA, overseeing business operations and kids programming.

Fitness

I love being physically challenged. I am a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and I work out at CrossFit Addict. I also regularly participate in 24-28 hour endurance events put on by GORUCK.

Soccer

I grew up playing The Beautiful Game. I have shared that love with kids ages 4-14 as a youth coach. Recently, I hung up my whistle and now enjoy sitting back and watching my boys play.

Writing

I enjoy writing. I have several side projects that allow me to express this joy. Rucking.com and Ruck.Beer are two examples.

Reading

In 2020, I decided to stop being lazy and read more. Here is what I've read so far this year.

Side Hustle

I know a little code. I have a background in marketing. I enjoy communication. Mix those together and I'm always trying to find a way to turn it into a profitable side hustle. Rucking Challenges is one of my current project.

Resume

Jobs, Projects, and Work

2010 - Present
Redemption Hill Church

Director of Operations & Kids

I make things happen and get things done for a growing 800+ person, multi-congregation, church including financial management, volunteer management, event management, human resources, policy & procedure development, facilities & real estate, communication, and kids ministry.

2019-Present
RuckingChallenges.com

Creator, Owner, Operator

From idea to development to implementation, I manage all aspects of RuckingChallenges.com monthly challenges, serving hundreds of participants every month.

2015-Present
Ruck.Beer

Writing, Development, and Marketing

Launched after my first GORUCK event experience, Ruck.Beer has grown to be a go-to source for the rucking community. With a focus on SEO, social media, email marketing, and community building, Ruck.Beer has thousands of readers every month, driving hundreds of thousands in sales to various affiliate partners every year.

2016 - Present
Ruck.Training

Creator, Programmer, Developer

From idea to implementation, I built Ruck.Training from the ground up. On the site, I offer free training guides for men and women looking to participate in a GORUCK challenge. The custom guides have been downloaded thousands of times. Through SEO, social media, and email marketing, the site continues to grow and succeed.

2018 - 2019
Full Circle CrossFit

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

I trained athletes of all age and skill levels in constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity. I do this in small groups and one-on-one settings. (CrossFit Full Circle ceased operation October 2019)

2008 - 2010
Logos Bible Software

Marketing Manager

As marketing manager, I was responsible for a number of marketing initiatives include targeted micro-site development, press relations, special promotions, and social media (which was still new in 2008)

In addition to the above, I created and launched one of Logos' most profitable promotions ever, Logos March Madness, which still exists today.

I also had a key marketing roll in the launch of Logos' print magazine, their first mobile app, and the most expansive platform upgrade, Logos 4.

Education

1999
Georgia Southern University

Bachelors of Science in Public Relations

2007
Reformed Theological Seminary

Masters of Divinity (unfinished)

After years of distance education, I attempted to finish this degree in person. The financial burden was too much for our family of 4. This degree remains unfinished.