Ryan K. Hostler, a deacon in the ELCA, serves as Minister of Word and Service for Music and Worship Our Savior Lutheran Church, Vero Beach, FL. He was commissioned in the Florida Bahamas Synod in the Summer of 2015. At Our Savior he oversees a growing and dynamic music program for all ages, directs ensembles of all ages, plans all worship services and is the main Cantor for each service. He also oversees and plans the Worship and Fine Arts series and is an active performer in the community. Prior to his call at Our Savior he was Minister of Music at Lamb of God, Haines City, FL and taught elementary music at St. John’s in Tampa, FL.
Ryan graduated with honors from the University of South Florida where he studied Voice, Keyboard, Conducting and Elementary Music Education. He also earned a Masters of Arts in Church Music and Liturgy from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and national Orff certification. Ryan partially credits his love and respect of Church music to his many years as a student of Lutheran Summer Music Program where he also served as a counselor and summer staff member, as well as his upbringing in the Lutheran church and parochial school setting.
Ryan has been a part of leading and designing worship services for Synod Assemblies, Bishop Installations, Conferences on Ministry, Pan-Lutheran gatherings and Association of Lutheran Older Adults events as well as chair for Synod Assembly Worship. Ryan also is a member of the ELCA Global Musician Team. He is a published composer with Augsburg Fortress and contributor/author to the online Augsburg Fortress Prelude Music Planner resource. Ryan serves as President of Region Two of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and recently toured Poland and Germany with the Richard Zielinski Singers, a Professional American Choir in which he is a charter member.
Outside of music, worship, liturgy and the church Ryan enjoys a wide range of activities including anything in the water, sun, cooking, wine and the beach.