Ruth Kelder

About Me: 

As I think back over my adult years, there have only been a few stretches when I haven’t been a part of a small group. Some groups have been more significant than others, but all have somehow contributed to my life in Christ. I’ve observed shifts and trends in small group life over the years. My first training was with the grandfather of small groups, Lyman Coleman and now I’m listening to the likes of Alan Hirsch, Hugh Halter and Scott Boren. One thing remains the same; God uses small groups to disciple people who will join in His mission. As part of the Home Missions Mission Leadership team for the Central US region, I’m committed to helping churches figure out what a small group ministry that disciples people into mission might look like for them. My years of congregational ministry alongside my husband, Peter, has developed in me a heart for developing Christ-based, relational ministries that bring people into a growing relationship with Jesus. As an admitted “Starbucks Junkie” I know first hand that people are looking for inviting places to find community. We recently committed to being part of a brand new church plant. My role will be to design and develop a missional small group ministry. I’m looking forward to learning from all of you as I go about that task!


I enjoy being a parent of four adult children and their spouses as well as being Grandma to three young grandchildren. Living in the Chicago area gives us lots of opportunities to enjoy the sights and activities of a great city and ride on many of the wonderful bike trails.

Recent Comments:
  • I wonder if the under 35's are wanting to come back to a simpler, real experience of church based on conversations and relationships rather than video based materials.


  • In my setting, I'd say we need to be informal and conversational. Being curious about the Word together leads to remarkable discoveries and conversations about them. I'd also say that it's... view

  • I'm so glad we get to make us of helpful technology to do Coffee Break training. As one of the presenters I'm wondering, "What questions would you like to have addressed on these webinars?"