What is Sweaty Sheep?
What is Sweaty Sheep?
We hold strong to the belief that core belief that worshiping and/or knowing God is only possible through our experiencing God, and as a community we understand that does not always happen in a church pew!
Our services and outreach opportunities aid in this by providing safe places to grow, relevant worship and mission opportunities that facilitate the development of each individual, and a community of individuals with similar passions of which to travel in fellowship with. Sweaty Sheep helps to make religion not only relevant, but fun, emphasized through our motto of “re-Creation through Recreation,” and we truly believe that play is an essential component of spiritual growth.
Is Sweaty Sheep a church? What denomination?
Yes, Sweaty Sheep is a church. A church isn’t a building, but a group of people who have been called by God for a purpose. Sweaty Sheep is supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and by Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, the local group of Presbyterian churches. However we partner with a variety of churches and denominations and do not put any particular denominationa label on our community. So, no matter what denomination or religion you belong to – or if you don’t belong to any at all!
Do I have to be a runner or a triathlete to be part of Sweaty Sheep?
Absolutely not! Though Sweaty Sheep has an interest in the endurance athletics community, we love to play -and encourage others to play- in a variety of ways; be that beach volleyball, water-gun fights, kickball tournaments, yoga, or Ultimate Frisbee! We want everyone to feel included and involved in incorporating worship into physical activity.
How do I get involved?
For starters, join our email list! We send out monthly E-pistles, our version of a newsletter. Check us out on Facebook to look out for upcoming Sweaty Sheep events, or use the link in the menu above to subscribe to our Facebook announcements for non-Facebook users.
What community outreach programs is Sweaty Sheep involved with?
Achilles International, Angels in Disguise, and Waterstep. We work together with the residents St. Vincent de Paul to accomplish great things through running and walking, Yoga, education, and personal relationships. runPossible doesn’t turn people into great athletes, it starts a self-transformation process, initiated by physical movement, that aids in the development of life changing friendships and self-confidence.
Every Tuesday we meet for a walk/jog at 6:15pm and on Thursdays an 11am recovery themed Yoga class hosted by the 502 Power Yoga crew! Both at 1029 s Preston street in the SVDP community Development center Like us n Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/runpossibleLOUISVILLE
Does Sweaty Sheep have a central location?
The word is our playground…
Who We Are
Ryan holds his masters degree in Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he received the "presidential preaching award," and is currently finishing a second Masters in Nonprofit Business. After having worked as a Chaplin in the Grand Tetons, a sailing instructor in Annapolis, and various other "playful" positions around the country, he settled down in Louisville and founded Sweaty Sheep after being "dared" into the louisville Ironman triathlon back in 2010. He has run over 30 marathons and 5 Ironman triathlons, is a certified triathlon coach and crossfit instructor here in Louisville, and lives in the highlands with his adopted little sidekick named Chewbacca. Visit Ryan’s blog to read some sermons, thoughts, and Bible Studies he has written at runningmango.wordpress.com and consider having him out as a guest speaker/preacher at your next event or service.
Slow runner (and proud of it!), Team Sweaty Sheep assistant, and pastor of Henryville Community Presbyterian Church and Mount Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Henryville, IN.
Hey gang, my name is Tavi Wallace and I'm the intern at Sweaty Sheep! I'm currently working as a barista at Starbucks and studying communications/Spanish at UofL. I love running, coffee, photography and try never to take life too seriously. I feel excited and beyond blessed to be joining the team and hope to form lasting memories and relationships with all of you :) Cheers!