Ruth became a Christian as a young child, and was brought up in a Christian home, however, it was not the average Christian home! Ruth's mother, Doreen Irvine, was converted from Witchcraft to Christianity. She wrote a book called, "From Witchcraft to Christ" and travelled the world to give her testimony. She became a famous evangelist, which had a profound affect on the family.
Ruth became aware that God was calling me to ministry when she was 17 years old. Ruth originally trained at Springdale College (UK), gaining a Certificate in Ministry, updated to a Certificate in Theological Studies, in 1983. After this, Ruth was mentored, and ordained in this field by Julia Garrett, in 2011, Apostolic Restoration International Ministries, USA. During this time, Ruth also completed non-accredited degrees in theological studies: a BA in Theology, and a Doctorate of Theology, in 2011, with the Christian College of Theology, USA.
Ruth also earned BA Honours degree in Integrated Childhood Studies, along with Early Years Professional Status (UK), and has teaching certificates for adults, including the Certificate of Education from Greenwich University, UK. These studies and skills have enabled Ruth to teach and empower the leaders in Kenya. Ruth has taught adults (ministry students) in Kenya, and Childminders and other childcare courses in the UK. Currently, Ruth works as a Private Tutor in UK, mainly teaching children and youth with special educational needs.
Ruth has been on many short mission trips to Kenya and Uganda, mainly to train pastors and leaders in ministry. Ruth's husband Paul, has been on two short-term trips, the last one being in 2016. Paul has many spiritual gifts, and a very big, kind, generous and supportive heart. He is still working for a charity for the disabled in the UK, as a mini-bus driver. Please click to this link, to see reports of the work being doing in Kenya. Ruth's son Jonathan, is also part of Kingdom Ministries and has been on one mission trip with me to Kenya. He trained with Youth for Christ in the UK and has a heart for leading worship. He is also a good youth leader and has a pastoral heart. Jon is also acting as a Trustee on our Charity Board.
We have taken out other team members to accompany us and work with us on the field - Jonathan (my son), Cathy, and Fiona. Fred, a Kenyan missionary who worked with YWAM, has also assisted us on several trips. In the near future, we are hoping to take Cathy and her husband Mike out on mission trips.
Through regular mission trips, Apostolic Training Schools, run by the Kenyans, has emerged, along with Children's Centres who minister to families in their communities; the work is continuing and we are looking to expand this work to make it more effective. We are working with a college in the UK for accreditation for these courses in Kenya, and have recently set up a small charity in UK (Agape Kenya, UK) and a Community Based Organisation in Kenya (Kingdom Agape Centre) for the above work. The work is continuing and we pray will continue into the years ahead.
ABOVE: Paul and Ruth in Kenya, 2016
Paul and Ruth, teaching in Kenya, 2017
A few students receiving certificates, 2017