What is Sweaty Sheep?
What is Sweaty Sheep?
We hold strong to the 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 program is fully inclusive and lifts up our uniqueness as individuals while embracing the various views and experiences each of us bring to the table… because we all grow and learn through one another. Furthermore, our individuality demonstrates the need for each person to seek and develop their own personal, and indeed “unique,” relationship with God.
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. Right now, Sweaty Sheep gets a great deal of support from one of those churches, the Church Gathered at Calvin, whose building we use on Sunday morning. They contribute a great deal to the worship aspect of Sweaty Sheep, and we’re grateful for that! However, everyone is welcome in Sweaty Sheep, no matter what denomination or religion you belong to – or if you don’t belong to any at all! We worship every Sunday at 9:24 AM (8:30 for yoga!) at 2501 Rudy Lane. Come by anytime!
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. If you represent an outreach program and would like to link up with Sweaty Sheep contact Ryan Althaus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Sweaty Sheep have a central location?
Yes! Come to 2501 Rudy Lane (Calvin Presbyterian) at 8:30 on Sunday mornings for yoga, and 9:24 for worship!
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!