Ryan and Emily Peters

Hey! We're a family on Mission for Christ. We're so happy that God has called and equipped us for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, and we're excited to share that adventure with you!

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Where I serve

God has called us to serve college students at the University of California Los Angeles. Go Bruins!! You'll typically find me (Ryan) praying, going on fun adventures with students in Westwood, leading my team, or striving to be the best missionary possible by reading some great theological works! Right now I am reading, I believe in love, On Evil by Thomas Aquinas, as well as my guilty pleasure, a fantasy book series called the Wheel of Time.  I have a pretty recent story about how Jesus has impacted my life!  I've shared a little of it below, but honestly that doesn't even scratch the tip of the iceberg. If you meet me I'm sure I'll tell you all about it!

My Story

As a beloved son and daughter, our greatest desire is to know Jesus Christ deeper in each moment than in the last, and to introduce others to Him and His great love for them as well! Our lives have both been transformed by Jesus and we want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. Seriously, I cannot stress enough, just how much Jesus has changed our lives, and it would be such a great insincerity to not share that with others. Emily and I are recently married (May 2019), and we will be focusing on rebuilding an often broken idea of the family unit on campus. We will be inviting students to life changing friendships, incredible community, and into all of what entails a Christ-centered marriage. We believe that by witnessing a marriage centered around the Most Holy Trinity, hearts will be softened and opened to the message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few and teaching them to do the same. We look to the example of Jesus and the Saints He has given us to find the best method of reaching the world. Through the intercession of our blessed mother, who is Herself the owner and messenger of our hearts, we are, and always will persevere in becoming who we are meant to be, just as St. Catherine of Sienna said. "Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire."

I was not always a practicing Catholic (Ryan), however, In my time in college God graced me with the most impactful and important gift He could have given me, a relationship with Him. In my third year I met a beautiful woman who would later become my wife, and she invited me into a relationship with Christ. Without that invitation, and the heaps of grace the Lord granted me, I would not be where I am today. As I developed my own knowledge of the teachings of Catholicism, I had Emily and a group of close friends involved with FOCUS to strive to grow in virtue with. With these two things, I quickly developed a prayer life and began to walk alongside with Emily as we, and our friends, strove together to grow in Intimacy with our Lord. We continue to strive for greater intimacy to this day through daily prayer, Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours, while on mission to share the life-changing love of Christ. If you desire to know more about our mission, or about our testimony please feel free to contact us! We’d love to share more of the details! God created us for a relationship of Love and to be servant leaders who cultivate, protect, and care for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ (Gen. 2 : 15), and He placed on our hearts a great desire to help other men and women come to know Christ, and therefore know love. We are so grateful to be able to pursue this most burning desire of our hearts! 

 “You perceive it in the depths of your heart: all that is good on earth, all professional success, even the human love that you dream of, can never fully satisfy your deepest and most intimate desires. Only an encounter with Jesus can give full meaning to your lives.”-Saint John Paul II 

Team UCLA 2019-2020 From left to right: Ali, Danielle, Emily, and Ryan

Your Impact

When we answered the call to join FOCUS, we made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to join us in this mission. We've been blessed with the opportunity to walk with the most amazing people who will journey with us as we serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with us, please let us know of the best way to reach you and we will schedule an appointment. As Mother Teresa said, "Some people give by going on mission and others go on mission by giving!", and we'd be honored to share in this mission with you! Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers! May God bless you!   

Cell: (805) 280-2285

Email: [email protected] 

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …