Ruth graduated from the University of Manitoba and was a mathematics instructor at Vancouver Community College for 33 years, seven of those years as department head. She served on the Senate of Regent College in the early ‘80s and was a founding member of CLM Educational Society, publishers of Christian educational materials. She authored two CLM study guides. She coordinated annual Women’s Spring Seminars at Broadway Church for 15 years and was a founding director of Building Together Ministries which sponsored five province-wide interdenominational women’s conferences in Vancouver. In July 2000, she participated in an International Summer Institute for Teachers in Kazakhstan.
Ruth has been married to Walter Behnke since 1967. They have no children. She has been a supporter of Wycliffe for about 35 years, having served on the WBTC Board from 2001 – 2009. She became a board member of CanIL in 2004. She is also on the Broadway Church Board and an executive member of the Broadway Church Benevolent Association.