Dr Ruth Valerio: Community activist, Christian, academic, eco-warrior, mum, author, veg grower, wife and pig keeper rolled into one. Ruth lives with her husband and two daughters in Chichester, where she is part of Revelation Church, leading a cell group and preaching regularly. She is Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK and Director of Cred Jewellery, the world’s first fairtrade jewellery company. She is involved in issues of community regeneration, co-chairing the Community Association for the estate that she lives on. She studied theology at Cambridge University and London School of Theology, and has a doctorate from King’s College London which explored simplicity and consumerism.
She has written extensively on justice, environment and lifestyle issues, as well as Bible study guides for Scripture Union and CWR. Concerned to ‘practice what she preaches’, she has an allotment, runs a food cooperative and a pig-keeping social enterprise. She is very involved with Transition Chichester and runs the Chichester Garden Share scheme. She write a regular column in Families First magazine, and also writes for magazines such as Christianity and Third Way.