A Family Affair
by Ruth Naylor
Ruth Bundy Naylor is a graduate of Olney Friends Boarding School, Barnesville, OH, and has a B.A. from Bluffton University and the M.A. degree from Bowling Green State University. She studied at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, completed a two-year training program with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Guidance, and continues to find inspiration from writers’ colloquiums and spirituality workshops at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, IN.
Ruth changed careers in mid-life from being an English teacher to being an ordained pastor in Mennonite Church USA. In 1974 she was named an Outstanding Secondary Educator. She later served as president of the Central District Conference of Mennonites and as an Executive Board member of Mennonite Church USA. Prior to retirement she served as Interim Conference Minister for the Central District Conference.
She has occasionally taught writing courses for Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement and still pursues her personal interest in creative writing. Over the years, her poetry has appeared in a wide variety of publications. She also serves ecumenically as spiritual director to a number of pastors.
Ruth and her husband, Stan, are the parents of two and grandparents of seven.