Ruth is the fourth of the five
VanZante children born to Raymond
and Janette, who farmed south
of Oskaloosa. She graduated from
Osky High in 1964 and attended
Iowa State University. Ed and Ruth
were married in the Oskaloosa
Reformed Church in July of 1969 and
farmed with Ruth’s parents from 1977 to 1982. They returned to Osky for a year in 1985-1986. It was during this time that they became members of what was then called the “Oskaloosa Gospel Tabernacle” and developed a close bond that continues today!
The couple moved to Colorado in 1986, where they have served with the Navigators up to this time. Ruth taught kindergarten and first grade in the public schools for 20 years, retiring in 2006. She had a vital ministry as a Christian teacher in the public school with students and parents. Ed served with the Navigators as youth camp manager from 1986 to 1991. From 1992 to 2006 Ed discipled men individually and in small groups in the Market Place Community Ministry . He developed a men's ministry and served on the board of their local church.
In 2002 Ed and his son, Tim, co-led a team including four young people from FBC on a mission trip to Namibia, Africa. This eventually led Ed into a role of facilitating the Navigator ministry in Namibia. Since that trip Ed has traveled to Namibia eleven other times, leading seven other teams involving 70+ college students in mission ministry in Namibia. Today God is raising up a vibrant student ministry on two university campuses in the capital city of Windhoek. Currently the Scotts are developing a ministry partnership with Namibia from our Navigator campus ministries in Michigan and Ohio.
Ed and Ruth's passion is to see the Kingdom of Christ advanced in the nations (especially Namibia) through spiritual generations of laborers who live and disciple among the lost.