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Ruth Wardell

December 29, 1923 - May 16, 2014

This page highlights Ruth's involvement with Camp Shoshanah and the Ariel Ministries Messianic Bible Study Program.
For a full biography and overview of her ministry, see the book and link at the bottom of this page.

Ruth Wardell led the Children's program at Camp Shoshanah Messianic Bible program in 1982.

“Ruth Wardell first came knocking on my family's door in 1957 when I was living on Blake Avenue in the Van Siclen section of Brooklyn, New York. She came in with a card in her hand that had been filled out about six years earlier. Miss Wardell's organization was a Jewish Christian group. In my mind, one was either a Jew or a Christian. How could one be both? I concluded that any Jew that believed in Christ had to be suffering from schizophrenia. Since I was having trouble resolving this contradiction I became angry.”
Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Director of Ariel Ministries
Ruth would eventually lead Arnold to faith in Messiah Jesus and become his first Bible teacher. In turn, Arnold would go on to Bible College & Seminary and become a Bible Teacher to 2 generations of Jewish & Gentile believers in Jesus, including hundreds in full-time or lay leadership.

Children in Ruth Wardell's Bible program, Camp Shoshanah 1982. Note her Jewish Holiday posters on the wall,
Ruth always presented a Messiah centered Messianic Jewish children's program.

Ruth on the accordion in the Bible program, Camp Shoshanah 1982.

Camp Shoshanah 1982, waiting for the Shabbat Dinner to begin. Ruth is at upper right, standing next
to Burl Haynie, the Teacher who introduced Arnold Fruchtenbaum to systematic Bible study

Each Friday evening at Camp Shoshanah we welcome Shabbat with the traditional lighting of candles, as is done in countless Jewish homes. We modify the usual prayer with text that honors Messiah. Ruth Wardell was an honored guest in 1999 along with Ariel Board members.


Ruth Wardell & Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum at Camp Shoshanah 2007.
It was through Ruth's ministry in Brooklyn in the 1950's
that a teenage Arnold came to faith in Messiah.


Ruth Wardell Arnold Fruchtenbaum
Ruth & Arnold at Camp Shoshanah 2001

Ruth Wardell with good friends Emily & Bob Seemar, Camp Shoshanah 2007

Emily is from a Jewish home in Brooklyn and came to faith in Messiah through Ruth's ministry. Enjoying the lake at Camp Shoshanah, 2007

Ruth Wardell

Camp Shoshanah 2008. Ruth Wardell with Mottel, Evelyn & Helen

Camp Shoshanah 2008. MaryAnn Fruchtenbaum & Ruth Wardell, center front. At top center is Jeff Gutterman, he would
go on to collaborate with Ruth Wardell in co-writing her biography, as seen below.


want to know more? get the book !

Biography of Ruth with the Truth Wardell
by Ruth Wardell and Jeffrey Gutterman

Picture a beautiful patchwork quilt put together by good friends and you will understand and welcome this intimate portrait of Ruth Wardell, a passionate believer and friend of the Jewish people. Ruth tells her story with the help of author Jeffrey Gutterman and photos contributed for the special occasion of celebrating Ruth's life. Following Ruth's life story is to follow developments in the Messianic Jewish community that emerged during her lifetime from just a few congregations to a worldwide phenomenon. She is credited with leading Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum to faith in his Messiah, leading to the founding of Ariel Ministries and an international Bible teaching ministry and outreach to Jewish people.    

       Book is 195 pages, 9 x 11 inches, well illustrated. Price: $25.00

"Well done, good and faithful servant  .  .  .  Enter into the joy of your Master"

An short overview of Ruth's life and ministry is found here:

Photos and page by Mottel B       Return to the  MAIN PAGE

At 90 years of age Ruth went home to be with the Lord on May 16, 2014. She was born in Wingham, Ontario Canada, December 29, 1923. Ruth was the beloved daughter of Rev. Glen Wardell & Maude Heweston Wardell and beloved sister of Donald and Harold. She is survived by her niece Margaret Wardell of Edmonton, Alberta and nephew, Mark Wardell of Vancouver, B.C. and four great nieces and nephews. Ruth graduated from London Bible College in 1945 and attended the Child Evangelism Institute in Dallas, Texas, to further her calling into children’s ministries. In 1946, Ruth went to New York City to work with the American Board of Missions to the Jews (now known as Chosen People Ministries) where God used her background and education to reach out to children and adults alike, beginning a missionary career which lasted over 50 years and extended over several locations in the U.S. During her 27 years of ministry in New York, Ruth had a tremendous impact on many young people as she led Bible studies and ran camps and outreach meetings. In the 1950’s Ruth had the privilege of teaching the scriptures to an eager adolescent named Arnold Fruchtenbaum. Today, Dr. Fruchtenbaum is an international Bible scholar and president of Ariel Ministries in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1973, God took Ruth’s ministry to Los Angeles where she led many training and outreach meetings for senior adults and children, including directing a summer Bible school for children for Jews for Jesus. In 1993, Ruth settled in Plano, Texas where she continued to be involved in Messianic ministry, teaching children and women’s studies. While in Texas, she developed a curriculum at Adat Shalom Messianic Congregation, Dallas for preparing young Jewish believers to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Ruth also served on the board of directors for Sojourner Ministries in the Dallas area. In 2005 Ruth also began teaching children’s classes at the Grace Evangelical Chinese Church in Dallas. When Ruth went to Atria Canyon Creek (formerly known as Franklin Park) she began a Bible study from the Jewish perspective for the residents there and continued to minister until almost 90 years of age! Ruth was affectionately known as “Miss Wardell” and then later as “Ruth with the Truth” by all who knew and loved her. God has given Ruth many sons and daughters in the faith. She has been beloved as a mother, grandmother, mentor and friend by countless individuals.

A visitation was held Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Allen Family Funeral, Plano, Texas. A graveside service was held Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Ridgeview West Cemetery, Frisco, Texas with Rev. Steven Ger, officiating.

Many of her "kids", friends, and relatives attended the funeral service. Steven Ger, whose family had a 68 year history with Ruth Wardell, was able to warmly wave together all the ways God used her effectively in ministry. Ruth appreciated when things were done properly and in order and loved to have fun. The Homegoing service included the reading of Scripture verses (John 14:1-6) as well as singing songs and memorizing a Scripture verse, Psalm 40:8. Scripture memorization was very important to Ruth. This would have greatly pleased her.

This was followed by some who spoke about her life. Steve Ger asked Robin Rose, congregational leader of Adat Shalom Messianic Congregation, in Dallas, to speak and pray. John Kanter, who knew Ruth for over 30 years also shared many aspects of her life. Ruth's niece, Margaret paid tribute. Jeffrey Gutterman also had an opportunity to share how thankful he was for the dedication and love that Ruth demonstrated to the Jewish people throughout her lifetime. Steven Ger then read a note from Chaim Urbach, one of Ruth's kids, who now leads a Messianic Congregation in Colorado.

Ruth had requested that donations in her name be made to Ariel Ministries to benefit Camp Shoshanah, PO Box 792507, San Antonio, Texas 78279-2507.

A Memorial Service was held on August 9, 2014, officiated by Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum. This allowed a larger group of people to attend.

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