Ruth Padilla DeBorst
As a leading Latin American voice, Ruth works to make theology more relevant to everyday life. Born in Colombia and raised in Argentina by an American mother and an Ecuadorian father, Ruth brings a wealth of unique experiences and perspective on cross-cultural missions. A wife of one and mother of many, theologian, missiologist, educator, and story-teller, she has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for several decades. As leader of missional leadership with Resonate Global Mission, she works with the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios, and coordinates the networking team of INFEMIT (International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation), among other things. She serves on the board of A Rocha, the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and the American Society of Missiology. She lives with her husband, James, in Costa Rica as a member of Casa Adobe, an intentional Christian community with deep concern for right living in relation to the whole of creation. Her studies include a bachelors in education (Argentina), an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Wheaton College), and a PhD in Theology (Boston University). Her publication contributions include: The Mission of the Church: Five Views in Conversation; Whole and Reconciled, and Global Theology in Evangelical Perspectives.