Ryan Lents

Vice Chair
Episcopal Regions VII & IX
Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska 


Ryan Lents is the Director of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In this capacity, he works with parishes and people of faith on a wide range of initiatives, including justice education and programming, advocacy, and fostering partnerships and collaboration between local, state, and national organizations working on issues of Catholic Social Teaching. Ryan graduated from Catholic Theological Union in 2018 with an MA in Justice Ministry, with an emphasis on racial justice,reconciliation, and peacebuilding. Ryan also serves on the leadership team of Chicago ROAR, a regional program of Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. He and his family reside in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

Ryan serves as the Episcopal Region VII & IX representative covering the states of Illinois, Indiania, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.