Dinkins, Mary Ruth

Serving in Brazil | Acct # 11718


Ruth Dinkins was reared on the mission field of Brazil. Although she grew up in a strong Christian home, she did not accept Jesus as Lord of her life until 18 years of age. She earned her associate’s degree from Montreat Anderson College, her bachelor’s degree from Pembroke State University, and her master’s degree from Reformed Theological Seminary (1991).


Ruth served as a missionary teacher in Brazil from 1980–1987. After graduating from seminary, she served as director of children’s ministries at Christ Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Okla., from 1991–1996. Ruth invested much energy in making missions an integral part of the Christian education curriculum. She also served on the missions committee and has been on various youth and adult mission trips to Brazil, Mexico, and Portugal. 


In 1997, Ruth returned to Brazil to work at the Edward Lane Bible Institute (IBEL) in Patrocínio, Minas Gerais, to assist in the Christian Education Department. The Bible Institute is a three-year course to prepare lay workers for the ministry. In 2011, the Lord called Ruth back to the U.S. to care for her parents. By invitation from the moderator of the Brazilian Presbyterian Church (IPB), she is returning to The Bible Institute to assist in the Christian Education Department.

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