Cornerstone Men’s Breakfast

September 19, 9 AM


Bacon-wrapped filet mignon, cheesy scrambled eggs, home fries, biscuits and gravy and fruit.


Ryan Nivens has been married to Tonya for 24 years. Together, they have 7 children aged 6 to 20.  He started his teaching career as a secondary mathematics teacher in Springfield, Missouri. In 2008, God directed the family to Johnson City to work at ETSU and they began attending Cornerstone Church in the fall of 2018.

Since 2008, he has authored nine STEM grants totaling $228,000 and co-authored five STEM grants totaling over half a million dollars, all of which have benefited the teachers and schools of this region, and has been an instructor in the Eastman MathElites program each summer for the past 13 years. He has served as president of two mathematics education organizations and has published several articles on innovative ways to teach mathematics. He edits the award-winning Newsletter of the Upper East Tennessee Council of Teachers of Mathematics where he shares the writings of northeast Tennessee teachers. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Evangel University, an M.Ed in Secondary Education from Drury University, and a Ph.D in Mathematics Education from the University of Missouri – Columbia. At ETSU he holds the rank of professor and serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, and is the Chief Operations Officer and Parliamentarian of the Faculty Senate. He coordinates the undergraduate and graduate programs of middle and secondary Teacher Education, teaches lots of courses, and is a faculty mentor in the Clemmer College. 

Ryan and Tonya enjoy living with their seven children in the Appalachian Mountains where the trees are green, the trails are long, and the water is pure. They enjoy trips to Ft. Walton Beach, Gatlinburg, and Standing Stone State Park. You can find Ryan splitting firewood, telling stories to his kids, and attending Cornerstone Church where he and his wife serve in a variety of capacities. At the Men’s breakfast he will be sharing about Living a Mathematically Beautiful Life for God.


Registration is $8 per person. Registration required by Sept 15 or once capacity is reached.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.