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Iowans to Gather at KXEL Caucus Cookout Saturday to Learn More About Vision of Presidential Candidate Ryan Binkley

Ryan’s Wife Ellie Binkley Shares Plans to Improve Immigration, Education and Adoption

WATERLOO, IOWA (August 25, 2023)–Ellie Binkley joins local leaders, voters and radio celebrities from News/Talk 1540 KXEL for a Caucus Cookout featuring great food, good conversation and a dash of presidential politics at the National Cattle Congress Saturday, as she shares her husband’s campaign goal to unite Americans to solve our biggest problems.

“As you look at this country, there is so much division. My husband’s experience as a pastor and a businessman is exactly what we need for a time like this,” Ellie said. “Ryan is a new voice. It’s time to build. It’s time to go to another level.”

Ellie will be one of the featured speakers at the KXEL Caucus Cookout at the National Cattle Congress, 257 Ansborough Ave. in Waterloo, on Saturday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ellie and presidential candidate Ryan Binkley have been married for 24 years and have five children ages 13 to 23 years old. The couple adopted their youngest son from Korea, where Ellie was born.

“Adoption was always part of our hearts, maybe because of how I came to the U.S. when I was 6 years old,” Ellie said. “Every time I would hear an adoption story, it would move my heart. I always felt we should adopt internationally from Korea because I could relate.”

Ryan has a pro-life platform that includes an emphasis on making adoptions easier and more affordable. “Being pro-life means recognizing that every life matters and has a God-given purpose,” Ryan said. “There are over 200,000 American children stuck in the foster care system. Many of them will never have a permanent home. It’s time to create a culture of adoption in this country that gives every American child a chance at a stable, loving family.”

Ellie experienced some abandonment issues herself, because she lived with her grandmother in Korea until she was 6 years old. After her grandmother died, her parents brought her to Georgia, where they had immigrated with Ellie’s two brothers shortly after she was born.

“My parents did everything they could to give us all the opportunities to live the American dream,” Ellie said. “My mom established a few retail stores selling wigs and earrings. My dad worked for Southwire and traveled in the far east region for the company. I grew up in the South and was one of two Asians at our school. It was hard.”

Ellie got a degree in religion and psychology and pursued her passion in ministry. Ryan and Ellie met at Victory World Church, where they later married. The couple served as staff pastors at the church, directors of the Metro Atlanta Masters Commission and directors of a young adult discipleship school. They moved to the Dallas area to help Ryan’s father run the family business after Ryan’s brother was killed by a drunk driver. 

Ryan co-founded the mergers and acquisitions firm Generational Group and teamed up with his wife to co-found Create Church, also in the Dallas area. The multi-ethnic church cares for all members of the community through teaching God’s word, urban missions, food drives, youth ministry and marriage support.

Members of the media are invited to follow the Binkleys on the campaign trail, view the campaign’s online press kit, and schedule a one-on-one interview with Ryan or Ellie by contacting the campaign press office at or 214-494-1792.