A Frontier Team by Ruth Romeyn
If I had lived in the late 19th or early 20th century this is the story
I would have chosen to live. A woman ahead of her times, yet
well grounded in her time and faith. A woman dedicated to serving
God by serving others—surrounded by those who loved and
believed in her. And by those who disapproved.
It’s a story of warm, developing relationships. Also a story of those
who attempt to control.
It’s the story of Mira, a woman who combines medical and pastoral
careers on the frontier in Dakota Territory.
It is my story if only I had lived then instead of now.
Ruth spent the first 20 years of her professional life in nursing,
including working as scrub nurse for Mayo Clinic surgeons
and then in missionary nursing in Africa, working primarily with
leprosy patients. She also worked in the emergency department of a
Chicago area hospital and Grand Rapids hospital.
She closed out her nursing career as a Poison
Specialist for Western Michigan Poison Center.
She is a graduate of the Methodist-Kahler
School of Nursing in Rochester MN, and also
earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Education
from Wheaton College, and holds two Master’s Degrees
from Calvin Seminary.
She became an ordained Pastor of Word
and Sacrament in the Christian Reformed
Denomination in 2000.
She worked as Hospital Chaplain for many
years with a primary focus on Acute Care.
Ruth is married, has two daughters and three
grandsons, and has always considered her
highest calling in life to be a mother,
and now grandmother.