Ryan Scott Bomberger ’93
Adopted into a multi-racial family of 15, Ryan Scott Bomberger’s acceptance into a loving Christian home fostered his own passion for adoption and seeking God’s purpose in his life. Today, he and wife Bethany Koopalethes Bomberger ’97 are co-founders of The Radiance Foundation (www.theradiancefoundation.org), a life-affirming organization that seeks to empower people by building their sense of purpose.
Over the years, Ryan has spoken to hundreds of thousands of individuals about adoption advocacy, foster care, race relations, and life choices. On college campuses and in churches, at conferences and major events, his words of encouragement and application of biblical truth bring hope and healing to those who hear his story. “We know that when people understand that they are deliberate creations with purpose, not just some random consequences of chaos, we have helped them either refocus or simply discover their potential to live meaningful lives,” says Ryan from his home base in Atlanta, Georgia.
To promote his passion for encouraging mothers to consider adoption rather than abortion, Ryan launched ShouldHaveBeenAborted.com. “The ‘unwanted child’ propaganda perpetuated by some groups obscures the beauty of adoption,” he says. “I rely on something simple—my life story, a tangible example of an adopted child—someone who is living a life of meaning. And because of my biological mother’s choice for life, I am able to share my heart with others.”
Ryan, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Messiah College in 1993, went on to receive a master’s degree in communications from Regent University. His experience in communications and specialization in graphic design, radio, and film, serve him well as a creative professional and in his community endeavors. This fall he is featured in a documentary “Life Happens” featuring well-known politicians, professional athletes, and musical recording artists. The project is a positive exposition of lives spared from abortion who are impacting the world around them.
While at Messiah, Ryan was an active participant, and leader in many on-campus and outreach programs, serving as the Student Activities Board Director, student senator, college radio station disc jockey/music director, vocalist in several musical groups, Special Olympics coordinator, Big Brother, and a member of Phi Omega Chi. “Messiah provided an environment where I was challenged academically, relationally, theologically, politically and emotionally,” says Ryan. “And I believe those I spent my time with changed me far more than I could’ve impacted them.”
Posted on October 8th, 2009