My name is Ryan Howell, and Otherwise Occupied is my personal blog. I have been in full-time ministry for the last 14 years, primarily serving on the Arts Team at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 16 years and we are the parents to 5 children (ages 7-13).
The topics that I hope to cover will focus primarily on Spiritual Health, Leadership and Identity and their direct application to our role in Production in the local church.
The name of the blog (Otherwise Occupied: Worship in Deed) was chosen because when I worship, I often choose to raise my hands. My role during weekend services generally requires that my hands are “otherwise occupied”. Regardless of my posture during worship, the Bible is clear that I am able to worship without hindrance.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name ofthe Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17 (ESV)