Ruth Richert Martin has been on the Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW) Board of Directors since 2014. She also is the Executive Director of MOST Ministries (aka, Mission Opportunities Short-Term) which, like LBW, is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). Ruth grew up in a family of Lutheran pastors. Her father, Rev. Daniel Richert, her two grandfathers, Rev. Otto Richert and Rev. Frederick Fischer, four uncles, and three first cousins became Lutheran pastors.
Ruth was born in Saginaw, Michigan but spent most of her childhood in southeast Michigan. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Eastern Michigan University, she and her husband, Jeff, married and moved to Ohio for their first 20 years together. While in Ohio, Ruth earned a law degree from the University of Dayton, had three children, practiced law, and worked for the Ohio District LCMS as its Director of Planned Giving.
In 1999, Ruth and her family relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since moving back to Michigan, she was Senior Vice President & General Counsel of an international law firm association for 10 years, and a Major Gift Officer for Lutheran Hour Ministries. Ruth also served on the Michigan District LCMS Board of Directors from 2006-2018.
In addition to her current volunteer service on LBW’s Board of Directors, Ruth serves on the Board of Directors for India Bible Study and on her congregation’s Endowment Committee. Ruth also was trained as a Reconciler for the LCMS in January 2020. She and her husband are active members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Ruth is a master gardener who loves to cook, travel, participate in her book club and women’s investment club, and spend time with family and friends in her spare time.
Matthew 28:19 is the basis for Ruth’s work and most of her volunteer commitments: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age.”