Dr. Ryan Connor

Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling




  • B.S. in Human Development: Southern Christian University
  • M.A. in Counseling: Marshall University
  • Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy: Marshall University
  • Seminary Studies (M.Div. Leveling Coursework): Cincinnati Bible Seminary
  • D.Min. (Pastor Care and Counseling): Lincoln Christian University


Dr. Connor teaches in Corban’s MA in Counseling program as well as the undergraduate psychology program, and provides supervision support for graduate counseling interns at Corban’s two mental health clinics. Courses he teaches include counseling theories and techniques, theology of counseling and Christian growth, and lifespan/developmental psychology. Special areas of interest include healthy spirituality, couples counseling, crisis and trauma counseling, grief and loss, counseling for pastors and missionaries, and counselor supervision.


Prior to coming to Corban, Dr. Connor worked in number of clinical settings, including The Prestera Center for Mental Health, the Family Resource Center at Women and Children’s Hospital (Charleston, WV), church-based counseling centers, and in private practice. He has also taught as an adjunct at Northwest Christian University.


Dr. Connor has been in pastoral ministry for 20 years, serving churches in California, West Virginia, and Oregon. Presently, he is the lead pastor of Amity Christian Church (Amity, OR).


Ryan and his wife, Shannon, have two children, Emma and Joseph. Ryan loves music and plays guitar, bass guitar, and drums. He’s played in several different bands through the years, and regularly plays on the worship team at church. He also likes to cook and experiment in the kitchen.

Why Corban

“Higher education is about ideas. I love ideas. Psychology and counseling are big ideas, but the biggest and most powerful idea is the gospel of Jesus Christ. At Corban, I get to share, discuss, and help students learn these ideas so that they may put them into practice as tomorrow’s professional counselors and Christian leaders.”