“Transparent” is the word most people use to describe Ruth Graham, founder and president of Ruth Graham Ministries. She is the author of multiple books, including best-selling In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart (Zondervan 2004), in which she demonstrates her heart for those who face life’s difficult challenges.
In 2006, she started conferences, Ruth Graham & Friends, to minister to those in the church who are wounded by life, others, or self. Partnering with some of the nation’s leading experts on such issues as addictions, loneliness, abortion, control, pornography… these conferences provided education and hope.
Her passion is to motivate people by God’s comfort and loving acceptance from a place of woundedness to a place of wholeness in Christ. Ruth Graham Ministries seeks to create safe places where people can begin their journey to wholeness in Christ.
No stranger to heartache herself, she provides a Biblical perspective on her journey of faith. She is warm and articulate as she connects with her audience, talking openly about her own pilgrimage through life’s unexpected heartaches and struggles.
She is an experienced Bible teacher and conference speaker. She is a frequent interview subject in the news media having appeared on Good Morning America, Life Today, Fox and Friends, and The 700 Club.
She has three children and nine grandchildren. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Her life verse is John 1:16, “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (ESV)
Our Mission Statement
“Ruth Graham Ministries invites those wounded by life, themselves or others to experience God’s hope and grace. We desire to move people from a place of woundedness to a place of wholeness in Christ. It is our desire to help people grow into a meaningful and maturing relationship with God through the person of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit. This is done through the in-depth study of Scripture, prayer, and ministering to one another with love, compassion, mercy and honesty.”
I just ordered 4 copies of your book about forgiveness. While I was listening to you speak on two different programs I could not believe how parallel our lives are. I have struggled with forgiving myself for my many mistakes all my life. The ones I feel the most are for my children. I am giving each of them a copy of this book with a personal letter to each one naming the things concerning them personally that I struggle with forgiving myself for. I am very old now and don’t have any idea how much longer God wants to use me on this side of Heaven, so I am thrilled with this way of explaining how I feel to my children before I leave them. Thank you for obeying God and writing this book. I look forward to reading it. Blessings, Bonnie
Every chapter was something new and better. I have been talking to my therapist/counselor about it and how it has been helping me heal. I was able to forgive people I didn’t realize I needed to forgive. I am still working on forgiving myself and working through some deep wounds. I must say that your life has helped me see my life differently and want to seek God again.
From a female prisoner:
Thank you for allowing me the insight to forgive my grandfather. My sister put flowers and an item I made on his grave this past Memorial Day. I was finally able to forgive him.
And another female prisoner:
Thank you so much for our class. It has opened my eyes to so many internal areas I need to speak to God about. Listen to God, is probably more like it. It has been a blessing for me, for my classmates, and will eventually be a blessing due to the work that is done by this group in the facility. You have most definitely planted seeds.