Ruan is married to Lisette and has three (mostly) grown-up children. Originally from the UK, he graduated in Physics at the University of Bristol, going on to teach English as a foreign language in various countries and later working with mission agencies OMF International and IFES Nederland. He was ordained in 2010 in the Diocese of Bristol, was chaplain of St James Voorschoten from 2013 to 2022, and has been Area Dean of the Netherlands since 2018. He loves living in the Netherlands, speaks fluent Dutch and now has Dutch nationality. In his free time he loves to go out cycling or walking with Lisette.