Rut Etheridge III is married to Evelyn, and they have four children – Isaiah, Caroline, Calvin, and Josiah. Rut graduated from Cedarville College (now University) in 1999 and spent the next five years teaching junior and senior Bible at Heritage Christian Schools in Indianapolis, IN. From there, the family moved to Pittsburgh and Rut finished his Masters of Divinity degree at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has been pastor of Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh since June of 2006. Below is an excerpt from Rut’s profile at the RPTS website, where he has served as an adjunct professor since 2007.
“My teaching Reformed Theology is a great privilege and somewhat of an irony, given my antagonism toward it when I first began to study it in college. But by God’s grace I’ve found what I hope to communicate to my students: When Christians begin to glimpse the glory of our sovereign, holy God who loves and adopts sinners to be His children through His Son Jesus Christ, and when they recognize the transcendent majesty and internal cogency of the Scripture which proclaims that God, the layers of pride peel away and we are left as we are meant to be: humbly adoring our Lord and zealous to serve Him. That’s the true heart of Reformed Theology, the Bible’s own theology. Reformed Theology expresses Scripture’s own view of itself, its structural framework, its content and its purpose; as such it is indispensable to the life of the individual Christian and the corporate body of Christ. It places before God’s people an exalted view of their Lord, His faithful character and His sure promises, His kingly reign and His shepherding care, His purpose for His church in this world and His sure return to bring them to glory. When believers’ hearts are ignited into worship and witness by the Words of their Shepherd, the church grows in grace, unbelievers are saved, and the Christian life is lived as it is supposed to be lived – to the glory of God alone.”
Listen to one of Pastor Etheridge’s Sermons: “The Father’s Will”, on Ephesians 1:1-6 at: http://www.sermonaudio.com/providencerpc
Watch videos of Pastor Etheridge’s seminar sereis on the Emerging Church Movement and Sola Scriptura given at RPTS on January 31, 2009:
- Seminar One: The Mechanics and Mission of the Church – A New Old Conversation
- Seminar Two: The Emerging Church – Reformation or Regression?
- Seminar Three: Sola Scriptura – Clarity Amidst the Confusion
- Seminar Four: Question and Answer Session
Or, listen to MP3 audio files of the complete lectures at www.reformationpittsburgh.org/Lectures.htm.