Dale S. Ryan

Director of the Institute for Recovery Ministry and Associate Professor of Recovery Ministry School of Theology

Contact Information
BS, Occidental College
MS, PhD, University of California, Davis
MDiv, Bethel Seminary

Dale Ryan, part of the School of Theology faculty since 1993, is associate professor of recovery ministry and director of the Fuller Institute for Recovery Ministry.

Before coming to Fuller, Ryan was a member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his research focused on naturally occurring food toxins and on protein biochemistry. He gained ministry experience as pastor of care and fellowship at Whittier Area Baptist Fellowship in Whittier, California. Ryan also serves as the CEO of Christian Recovery International, an organization helping the Christian community become a safer and more accommodating place for people recovering from addiction, abuse, or trauma.

Ryan has written several books, among which are Soul Repair: Rebuilding a Spiritual Life (co-authored, 2008), Letting God Be God (2001), The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Kindergarten (1999), and Life Recovery Guides (1994). He has also published numerous articles in STEPS, a publication of the National Association for Christian Recovery. His courses include Pastor Care and Abuse, and Recovery Ministry and Outreach in the Local Church.

Courses Taught

  • CN533: Recovery Ministries in the Local Church
  • CN553: Pastoral Care and Abuse
  • EV532: Recovery Ministry in the Local Church

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching:

Addiction studies, recovery ministry



  • Dale and Juanita Ryan. Distorted Images of Self: Restoring Our Vision. Lifeguide Bible Studies. Downers Grove: IVP Connect, 2013.
  • Dale and Juanita Ryan. Distorted Images of God: Restoring Our Vision. Lifeguide Bible Studies. Downers Grove: IVP Connect, 2012.
  • Dale Ryan, Juanita Ryan, and Jeff VanVonderen. Soul Repair: Rebuilding a Spiritual Life. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. 2008.
  • Dale Ryan, translated by DongSup Jung. Addiction and Recovery. Seoul: Yechansa: 2005 (available only in Korean).
  • Dale and Juanita Ryan. The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Kindergarten. (Christian Recovery International, 2001) Also available in Spanish, Swedish, and Korean.
  • Dale and Juanita Ryan. Rooted in God’s Love: Meditations on Biblical Texts for Christians in Recovery. Originally published by InterVarsity Press. Also available as a daily email and online here (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2008). Also available in Finnish, Arabic and Italian, Korean. (Mongolian translation in process).

Articles and Chapters

  • “God’s Silence,” 2:192–94, “Let Go and Let God,” 1:50–57, and “Waking Up: A Moment of Clarity,” 1:125–29, in Recovering Faith: Words for the Way, edited by Kelly Hall. NACR Publications, 2015.
  • “Self-Esteem: An Operational Definition and Ethical Analysis,” Journal of Psychology and Theology 11 (1983): 295-302.

Published Interviews

  • “Addicts in the Pew,” by M. G. Maudlin, Christianity Today, 7/22/91, vol. 35, no. 8, p. 19, 3pp.
  • “A Conversation About Addiction and Grace,” Radix Magazine vol. 30. no. 3, p4, 6pp.

Articles Published in Steps Magazine, available in the online library of the National Association for Christian Recovery

  • Recovery from Spiritual Anorexia
  • Getting Good at Being Imperfect
  • Letting Go and Letting God
  • Learning to Tell the Truth
  • Theological Education and Recovery
  • Recovery at Church?
  • Beating the Pedestal Syndrome: Help for Pastors Drowning in the Ministry
  • The Christian Recovery Movement: A Brief Introduction
  • The Fear Factor
  • Global Problems, Global Responses
  • Safe Sex
  • On Addiction
  • Spiritual Distress in Recovery (with Juanita Ryan)
  • Resistance to Recovery
  • On Quick Fixes
  • Spiritual Brokenness in Recovery
  • Back to the Basics: An Introduction to Recovery
  • Criticisms of Recovery - Part 1
  • Criticisms of Recovery - Part 2
  • Criticisms of Recovery - Part 3
  • Abundance and Scarcity
  • Relationships and Recovery
  • Theology and Recovery
  • If your god is not God, fire him
  • When Religion Goes Bad - Part 1 (with Jeff VanVonderen)
  • When Religion Goes Bad - Part 2 (with Jeff VanVonderen)
  • When Religion Goes Bad - Part 3 Religious Codependency (with Jeff VanVonderen)
  • Recovery Groups & Small Groups: Differences and Similarities


Dr. Ryan’s CV

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