Robin Ruck was born in Canada and at the age of four, after the death of his father, he and his mother moved to South Africa to be near to her family and friends. His early years were very involved in the local Roman Catholic Church. Rob was an enthusiastic sportsman playing football, hockey, cricket and squash.
In 1972 he attended a Youth for Christ coffee bar where he heard the gospel for the first time and was converted. Very soon after his conversion he had a real sense that the Lord was calling him to full-time Christian service. On leaving school he joined the South African Navy and trained as a Radar Operator and later was involved in providing hard and soft stores to the Mine Sweeping Fleet. As the call to ministry grew there came a point in time, when he purchased his discharge from the Navy and went and studied initially for 3 years at the Bible Institute of SA.
After ordination he served in the Evangelical Church of England in SA, and then became a Director of Youth for Christ before joining the Baptist Union of SA. During his time in the ministry he completed his BA, MA and Doctor of Ministry degrees with a special emphasis in counselling and leadership. While in SA he chaired the Baptist Associations Theological Board and the Union Bible Institutes Council and lectured there on a part-time basis. He was a member of the Baptist Missions Board and was elected President of the Natal Baptist Association in 1994 and served for many years as a pastor to pastors in the association. After nearly 23 years ministry in SA he was called to pastor a local church in Northern Ireland in 2002, following which he became an itinerant preacher before becoming the pastor at HBBC in August 2008.
Whilst in SA in 1999 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was given 4 months to live, but God in his grace and in answer to prayer confounded the consultants and miraculously restored Robin’s health and gave him an even greater burden for the lost and passion for the gospel.
His great passion is to know Christ and make Him known in a relevant and contemporary way to people in the 21st century.
Robin has for many years been a keen runner and has completed many marathons. Today he runs to keep fit and enjoys going for walks with his wife of 32 years, Ingrid. They have two grown up children, Shelley and Gareth. Robin has a real interest in current affairs, art, antiques, reading and enjoys cooking. He is a great fan of John Cleese and Fawlty Towers and he regularly watches the Springbok rugby team. He also follows with great interest the fortunes of Manchester United.