Rev Ruth Childs

I joined the Vale of Stour Circuit in 2013, although it was not a long distance move.  In fact, I already consider myself a Black Country girl at heart, having lived in the region throughout my adult life - so I already speak some of the lingo.

As for my background, I was brought up in a Methodist family but have spent time in other churches and have a heart for ecumenical work.  My call to ministry has come after a legal career spanning several years but please don't ask me for legal advice as it is all now a dim and distant blur!  This is my first ministerial appointment, having left Queens College in Birmingham in 2013 and ordained at Conference in June 2015.  With a very busy schedule, I'm not sure I can recall what free time is but I like nothing better than to unwind over a good film or book or to go to the theatre (I love comedy and musicals) when time and money permit.

I have also discovered the joy of travel and have been blessed in the past couple of years to be able to visit a number of fascinating places and to meet some wonderful and inspiring people. I am ever in awe of what an amazing world we live in and how awesome our creator God is. Yet I am also ever moved to lament at the injustices of the way, as a human race, we sometimes treat our earth, its resources and our sharing of them.

I am married to Nigel with 2 sons, one living at home with us and the other living with his fiancée in Cambridgeshire.   I have a much bigger extended family in various parts of the world and I very much value family time and the rare opportunities we have to get together are very special.  I feel the same way about the church family, both gathered and dispersed and feel that hospitality to the stranger and outcast is at the core of Christian ministry.

I have also enjoyed the challenge of being Acting Superintendent for a time but am looking forward to handing over to our new Superintendent, Rev Alan Combes, on 18th January 2020!

Pastoral Responsibilities



  • Sunday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • (usual day off - Monday)