After spending almost 10 years in church ministry, God widened the scope of people to which He was calling us. He broke our hearts for the people that we walk around with every single day that do not know the love of God and who will never walk through the doors of a church building.

God gave us a deep desire to help these people, who are far from God, connect with Him through the visible love of Christ followers.
Our hope is that through this ministry, we would be able to help foster a culture of Christ followers who not only go to church, but also take the church with them into every avenue of their life. As a result, life, wholeness, blessing, and hope will be brought to all people and to the cities and communities that we live.


Ryan Hairston

Ryan is a husband, dad, and practitioner. He co-directs Forge Dallas & Waken Ministries with his wife, Laura. Ryan also serves on the Forge America National Team as the Director of Training & Development. Ryan and his wife live in North Dallas and long to see their neighborhood and city look more like the Kingdom of God. Ryan’s heartbeat is to help all people realize their ability for life change and world transformational. He is a missionary mobilizer & trainer, consultant, & teacher/speaker.

Laura Hairston

Laura is a wife, mom & practitioner. She is the Co-Director along with her husband, Ryan of Forge Dallas & Waken Ministries; both organizations helping with missionary formation & discipleship. Laura also serves as Executive Director of Forge America. She lives in the North Dallas suburbs where she mentors teenage girls in her home as well as longs to see her neighborhood look more like the kingdom of God each day. Her heartbeat is for every follower of Jesus to see themselves as missionaries in their every day lives.