Dr. Ryan Hanning


Ryan Hanning is currently the proud father of 10, husband of 1, and professor of Church History and Catholic Studies. He has had the opportunity to travel throughout the US, Canada and Europe teaching and speaking at both church and academic conferences. Ryan has served in academic administration helping form the partnership between the University of Mary and Arizona State University as well as create graduate level education programs for Catholic School teachers. He also worked in parish life as a Youth Leader and DRE, as well as a Diocesan Director of Family Catechesis.

He taught comparative religion, and New Testament for over ten years, and for the past ten years has focused primarily on Church History, the development of theology in both the Eastern and Western Christian traditions, as well as the history and identity of Catholic Schools in the US.

He completed his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies at Arizona State University, his graduate degree in Education at Northern Arizona University, studied post-graduate theology at University of Dallas, and completed his PhD in Theology at Maryvale Institute, Liverpool Hope University, UK. His studies have included time in both Oxford and Cambridge, as well as a short time at the Jagiellonian in Krakow, Poland.

He and his family left Mesa, AZ to Whites Creek, TN in order to homestead and rediscover the joy of family life.


  • Assistant VP and Director of Cultural Advancement at the University of Mary, Tempe
  • Teaches Church History and Catholic Studies
  • Ph.D on the development of doctrine and catechesis in the Eastern Catholic Church at Maryvale Institute, England