Ruth is Church Engagement Director at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, where her remit is to equip and encourage UK churches to include engagement with science as part of their regular ministry and mission. She studied Genetics at Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology in Edinburgh, while also working as the Development Officer for Christians in Science. She joined The Faraday Institute when it was founded in 2006, with the aim of developing resources for churches – the first of which were the Test of FAITH materials, and became Church Engagement Director in 2018. Ruth is a member of Christians in Science and a Fellow of their US counterpart, the American Scientific Affiliation. She is part of City Church Cambridge, and is currently studying theology at Ridley College, Cambridge.
Selected Publications in Science and Religion
- Bancewicz, R.M. (2021) Wonders of the Living World: Biology, belief, and questions of meaning and purpose in the universe, Oxford: Lion Hudson.
- Bancewicz, R.M. (2019) ‘How Does Science Enhance Faith?’ in Science and Faith: Student Questions Explored, Hannah Eagleson, Massachusetts, Hendrickson.
- Bancewicz, R.M. (2018) ‘A Symphony of Science and Scripture’ in The Infographic Bible, Karen Sawrey, London, William Collins.
- Bancewicz, R.M. (2018) ‘The Scientist-Believer: Following Christ as we uncover the wonders of the living world’ in Christ and the Created Order: Perspectives from Theology, Philosophy and Science, Volume 2, Andrew B. Torrance & Thomas H. McCall (eds.), Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic.
- Bancewicz, R.M. (2015) God in the Lab: How science enhances faith, Oxford: Monarch.
- Bancewicz, R.M. (2009) ‘Test of FAITH: Spiritual Journeys with Scientists’, Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2009; Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2011; Viçosa: Ultimato, 2013; Madrid: Fleidner Foundation, 2014; Lisbon: Logos Editions, 2015.
- Yeyati PL, Bancewicz RM, Maule J, van Heyningen V. PLoS Genetics 2007 Mar 30;3(3):e43. Epub 2007 Feb 8. Hsp90 selectively modulates phenotype in vertebrate development.
- D Kleinjan*, RM Bancewicz.*, et al. Subfunctionalisation of duplicated zebrafish pax6 genes by cis-regulatory divergence. PLoS Genetics 2008 Feb;4(2):e29.(*These authors contributed equally to this work)