ATS Alumnus Ryan Ozolins Builds Community During Social Distancing

Social distancing is the very antithesis of the Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary mission. College and Seminary students and alumni are educated, equipped an empowered “to go into the whole world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Even during the COVID-19 mandate to social distance, there are some who are able to use their calling to minister the love of Christ to those on the frontlines of the pandemic.

ATS Master of Divinity alumnus, Ryan Ozolins, was the subject of a digital publication article, “Somerville’s Donut Man Crafts Circle of Kinship in Troubled Times.” The 2017 graduate teamed up restaurants in his hometown of Somerville, NJ to bake donuts that are being paid for by public donations and sent to medical personnel at hospitals in central and northern New Jersey.

During his studies at ATS, Ryan’s business pitch for his “Good Donut Shop” won the $7,500 second place prize in the Entrepreneurial Business Venture Competition, a “Shark Tank-like” event co-sponsored by Nyack’s School of Business and Leadership. This brought him to the attention of Nyack’s Office of College Relations and he was invited to serve as a food vendor at Homecoming for alumni and friends.

Hats off to Ryan for being one of the thousands of Alliance Theological Seminary graduates who are preaching good Word through their good deeds!