Having gone to Urbana as a high school teacher, children’s ministry director, and missions executive at different stages of her life, Ruth Hubbard loves Urbana and its ah-ha! experiences that move people toward whole-life, whole-world discipleship.
Urbana 87 gave Ruth a framework on which she could hang her short-term mission trip experiences and a vocabulary she could use to express her growing understanding of God’s global mission. Urbana 2000 provided a discerning space for Ruth at just the right time, ultimately resulting in her joining Wycliffe Bible Translators with whom she served for over 14 years. As she led Wycliffe’s exhibitor team at Urbana 09, 12, and 15, she sensed the call to make a series of life-altering decisions, including pursuing a master’s degree and applying to lead InterVarsity’s Urbana.
Ruth has lived in North Dakota, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, and Wisconsin. She has been a part of faith communities that identify as Baptist, Evangelical Free, non-denominational, and Presbyterian. She has a bachelor’s degree in graphic arts and journalism from Bethel University and a master’s in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.