Apostle Ruth Maude Ryland (nee’ Coetzee) was born in Cape Town on the 7th October 1968 to Andre and Maude Coetzee. She is the third eldest of eight children. Nicky, La Donna, Esther, Abigail, Andre jr, Deborah and Celeste, her brothers and sisters, all made up a large family. One can imagine all the joys and challenges such a large family would bring.
There is no other life she knows but a godly Christian home. Her first memories are of her father preaching in his tent. Apostle Andre Coetzee is a well known minister having ministered throughout South Africa and neighbouring countries. He has established many churches and is a respected Father in the body of Christ. Her mother is also a respected minister of the gospel. All her brothers and sisters and their spouses are in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. Apostle Ruth has a very rich Christian heritage.
She grew up in Grassy Park in Cape Town, South Africa. After completing high school at Zeekoevlei High School she enrolled at the University of the Western Cape where she obtained a HDE in education. She then entered the teaching profession for a short while.
By this time the singing group made up of three of her sisters and herself had become household names in Cape Town and in fact in the whole of South Africa. International opportunities began to open up. In June 1994 they left South Africa to tour the United States of America. Doors opened for them all over the USA. They also ministered as far as Hawaii.
On their return to South Africa they ministered in most of the leading churches and conventions and also in neighbouring countries. Thereafter they embarked on a major tour of Europe.
There was no husband for her in all those countries, so God brought her across the path of her Boaz, says her husband. She met Pastor George Ryland in February 1996 and after a lovely romance they got married on the 6th September 1997. The Lord has blessed them with three lovely children. Tiffinny is the eldest and is fourteen years old. Then comes Daniel who is twelve years old. George jr. is nine years old. They also have guardianship over a beautiful young girl called Calynn. She is sixteen years old.
The dynamic spirit of Apostle Ruth Ryland is clearly evident when one considers the many large events and conventions she has successfully run.
She now co-pastors Redemption Centre International with her husband.