About the Founders
For more than fifty years, Matthew and Ruth Ann taught, trained and ministered in church, business, education and private settings. Long active in business, church, renewal movements, arts, media and entertainment, their work is featured in conferences, retreats, seminars, business consulting and other formats for many denominations and groups.
Certified catechists, they founded and directed primary and secondary religious education programs, trained teachers, and taught throughout the United States and in Europe.
Matthew holds a Master's degree in Management. He consults with academia and commercial industry. For forty-six years he worked in the international Aerospace business, managing large projects on Apollo, Space Shuttle, and the Apache helicopter.
Ruth Ann, a published author, taught Creative Writing and Drama, and was the playwright and director/producer of over twenty-seven musical comedies, revues and stage plays. Her novel, Not Without Spirit, was published in 2012.
Lifelong Catholics, married 62 years, parents of two, grandparents of eight, and great-grandparents of seven, they brought warmth, compassion and humor of family life to their work. Ruth Ann returned to Our Lord in February 2017. With a deep spirituality and commitment to Christ and His church, and the rich wisdom emanating from their life together, Matthew is ably equipped to continue this unique teaching ministry.
"…[they are] people of profound insight into the Gospels – practicing, practical, committed Catholics – individuals who put their lives on the line in the service of God and His people."
Karin Treiber, PhD - College Vice President - Minnesota
…[Matthew is] an excellent presenter…with a level of clarity and humor that [is] particularly effective…"
John Taylor - Retired Department Head - Minnesota
"…unique backgrounds make them qualified, interesting presenters. …their lifetime love of God's Word and His people we found genuinely compelling."
Bill and Maureen Bonner - Fellowship Pastors, Minnesota
"Ruth Ann, you wowed 'em with the truth! Thank you so much for a terrific, superb presentation! I'm blessed to know you."
Dorothy Fleming - Catholic Leadership Chairman - MN
"If you wonder whether our Catholic faith and baptismal heritage is something to be excited about, ask [them]…The Cramers are on fire with love for Jesus Christ and his church, and are committed to spreading that fire far and wide."
Father Ralph Weishaar , OFM - Retreat Director - California