Ryan Lents

National Organizer/Workshop Facilitator


Ryan Lents is a trainer for Crossroads National, also providing support to Chicago ROAR, where he began as a leadership team member in 2017. Prior to joining Crossroads, Ryan served as a Catholic lay minister for over 10 years, working with parishes and people of faith on a wide range of initiatives, including justice education and programming, advocacy, restorative justice, and fostering partnerships and collaboration between local, state, and national organizations working on issues of Catholic Social Teaching. Ryan holds an MA in Justice Ministry from Catholic Theological Union, with an emphasis on racial justice, reconciliation, and peacebuilding. Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Ryan and his family reside in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood, where he enjoys running, playing his guitar, cooking, and spending time with family.