About Ruth O’Reilly-Smith
Ruth was born in South Africa, but has lived in the UK since 1999. Here she met and married her husband and they have a twin boy and girl.
Ruth had her start in radio in 1995, while studying teaching at the University of Pretoria and although she qualified, the radio bug had bitten. She went on to work as presenter of a variety of music and talk-based programmes and headed up the news desk at a Christian community radio station in Pretoria.
Since moving to the UK, Ruth has continued in radio, working in the news room and as host of music and talk-based programmes for two separate global Christian media charities. Although she did work briefly as a teacher, radio has become her vocation.
Ruth is currently host of the week day show; This Is My Story on UCB2, which is part of United Christian Broadcasters. She also enjoys writing and wrote for the Our Daily Bread Ministries publication for a number of years and in 2021 released; God Speaks – 40 Letters From The Fathers Heart, published by Authentic Media.
Ruth’s Christian faith is central to all she does and her heart is to communicate God’s love in as tangible a way as possible. Together with her family, she is part of a local church in Staffordshire, England where she’s had the privilege of preaching and she’s been keynote speaker at a number of women’s retreats over the years. Ruth enjoys reading historical fiction and listening to podcasts. She also loves going for long walks in the countryside and baking. Ruth and the family lived in Dubai for two years where she recorded her UCB radio show from her bedroom, while the children were having their afternoon nap. They also lived in South Africa for a few years before returning to live in England.
God Speaks – 40 Letters from the Father’s Heart
God Speaks is a beautiful hardcover gift book featuring forty short letters that have been compiled from the promises and affirmations of God in the Bible. Dive into this 40 day journey with God during Lent, at the start of a new year or anytime you feel like connecting with your Maker in a deeper way.
Have Ruth Speak At Your Event
As broadcaster, Ruth’s been speaking into a microphone in a radio studio for almost thirty years, but she loves nothing more than seeing the faces she’s speaking to. Ruth speaks candidly about her own struggles and engages her audience with passion, humour and empathy.