R.L. Stollar is a child liberation theologian and an advocate for children and abuse survivors.

The author of an upcoming book on child liberation theology, The Kingdom of Children, Ryan has an M.H.S. in Child Protection from Nova Southeastern University and an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College. His writings on child liberation theology have been featured everywhere from Patheos to Currents Journal to the Centre for the Study of Bible & Violence. He has served on the board of and run numerous social media campaigns for child advocacy organizations, including the Child-Friendly Faith Project, the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, and Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out.

Homeschooled from kindergarten through high school graduation, Ryan worked over eight years as a public communications educator to high school students in homeschooling communities. He authored the first and only comprehensive curricula on child abuse awareness and suicide prevention specifically tailored to homeschooling families and communities. Co-founder of the viral website Homeschoolers Anonymous, his advocacy work on behalf of homeschooled children and alumni has been featured in national and international media, including The Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, New Yorker, and ProPublica. Acclaimed books on American evangelicalism—such as Julie Ingersoll’s Building God’s Kingdom (Oxford University Press) and Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s Jesus and John Wayne (Liveright Publishing)—have cited his research and reporting on the evangelical homeschooling movement, the subject of Ryan’s next book.

Ryan is a proud resident of the California Bay Area, where he serves his county as an Election Specialist and lives with his spouse and two cats.

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  1. Shari Lopatin – Shari Lopatin tells stories that matter. An award-winning journalist in her earlier years, she now writes novels that tie into modern-day social issues, as well as serialized fiction and essays in her "Rogue Writer" newsletter (available on her website). Shari has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, public relations professional, social media manager, and earned the title of “Cat Mom of the Year.”
    Shari Lopatin says:

    Hi R.L. A colleague of mine forwarded me your awesome post on the Applebees social media meltdown (we both manage our comany’s social media strategy and presence). GREAT case study! Just wanted to say “thanks.” This is something I will use as proof of certain strategies I support (i.e. open comments, never deleting, etc.), in case of a PR nightmare.

    After reading your post, I poked through your blog and just subscribed. I’m a former newspaper reporter myself, so I always enjoy meeting other journalists and writers here on the blogosphere.

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