Ryan Kuja

Colombia

Ryan is a spiritual director, writer, and freelance theologian with a master’s degree in Theology & Culture from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, a post graduate diploma from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK, a bachelor’s degree from University of Vermont and currently working toward a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. He has spent many years living in economically marginalized communities in South Sudan, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, India, and the Caribbean. Ryan writes on the intersection of theology, spirituality, psychology, and global mission and his work has appeared in Sojourners, The Other Journal, Journal of Feminist Theology, and The Good Men Project. His first book is set to be published with Cascade Books in 2018. You can find him at ryankuja.com or reach him by email at ryan.kuja@wordmadeflesh.org


Katie Kuja

Colombia

Katie is originally from Michigan and received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Albion College. She decided to leave the Michigan winters behind and moved to Colorado where she not only received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University, but also met and married Ryan. Since getting married, Katie and Ryan have spent time in India, South Africa, Colombia, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Katie’s cross-cultural experience also includes living in community with a sibling group of six from Burma who were formerly refugees in Thailand and have been a part of her family since 2010. Besides spending time with her friends and family, Katie also enjoys running, hiking, paddle boarding, reading non-fiction books, and watching her husband surf. Katie is a strong advocate for social justice and non-violence and is excited to continue this work in Colombia.