Oli Van Ruth
Pastor of Youth
My name’s Oli. I spent some time growing up in Canada but was born and have spent the majority of my life in Adelaide. It’s home! I decided to follow Jesus with my whole life at 14 at a Youth Camp and have been passionate about Jesus and sharing him with youth ever since. Moving schools at year 9 was one of the hardest things I did but it pushed me to trust God and be a light for His glory.
I’ve become convinced that Jesus is our only true hope and the greatest joy and so have loved seeing God on the move through serving at Beach Missions, Christian Endeavour Youth camps, Schools ministry and outdoor education.
I’m married to Meg and in 2018, God blessed us with our son Ned! Meg’s musical theatre trained so there is never a dull moment in our home. She’s a music and drama teacher who never stops brining smiles to people. We love watching AFL together, doing handy home projects, board games with friends or going camping.
I have the joy of serving as the Youth Pastor (the best job in the world), with a background in History and education. I’m currently studying a Masters of Divinity and am passionate about seeing God’s word and His Gospel powerfully change young lives; discipleship and leading teams.
I love to play the sax, listen to stories old and new (come tell me yours!) or kick a footy!