Ruth Padilla DeBorst
Professor of Theology
  • Ph.D., Boston University

  • MA Interdisciplinary Studies, Wheaton College

  • Bed TESL, Lenguas Vivas (Argentina)

Professional Experience: Ruth yearns to see peace and justice embrace in the beautiful and broken world we call home. A wife of one and mother of many, theologian, missiologist, educator, and storyteller, she has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for several decades. She serves with Resonate Global Mission, working with the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (, coordinating the Networking Team of INFEMIT (, and furthering missional leadership formation processes with the Christian Reformed Church of North America. She serves on the board of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. She lives with her husband, James, in Costa Rica as a member of Casa Adobe, an intentional Christian community with a deep concern for right living in relation to the whole of creation ( Her degrees include a Bachelors in Education (Argentina), an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Wheaton College), and a Ph.D. in Theology with emphasis on Missiology and Social Ethics (Boston University).