Ryan Carlisle was, above all else, a model husband and father, the Rev. Nathan Rogers, lead pastor at Longview Missionary Baptist Church said Friday — a day after the church lost its youth pastor.
“He was the kind of man all men should watch and learn from the example he set,” Rogers said.
Carlisle died at age 37 Thursday evening after going into cardiac arrest while working out at the Christus Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living. He was taken by ambulance to Longview Regional Medical Center.
His funeral service is planned for 2 p.m. Monday at Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview. Rogers said the service will need to be at Mobberly because he does not believe Missionary Baptist will have enough space.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family — his wife, Bridgit, daughter, Ava, 13, and son, Max, 9. As of 10 p.m. Friday, the fundraiser had reached more than $22,000 of a $50,000 goal.
According to GoFundMe, Carlisle did not have life insurance, and help is needed with funeral costs and the family’s support.
Carlisle, a Longview High School graduate, joined Longview Missionary Baptist Church in April 2018, Rogers said. He had served as a youth pastor in Mount Enterprise for eight years before coming back to Longview.
He also helped coach baseball and football teams at Judson STEAM Academy in 2018, Rogers said.
As a youth pastor, Carlisle spent much of his time in Bible studies, mentoring teenagers in the church and planning mission trips and camps, Rogers said.
“He had a great relationship with the kids that he ministered to,” Rogers said. “He was very deeply loved.”
Carlisle stood out as a youth minister in how he cared for students at the church, Rogers said.
“Ryan was humble. He invested in people,” Rogers said. “He loved one-on-one mentorship. He was a team player. He had a big heart, especially for students.”
The church gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday night, but will honor Carlisle again at 10:30 Sunday morning worship, Rogers said. A special offering will be taken for the family.