Rutledge (Rut) E. Etheridge III is Chaplain of Geneva College in Western Pennsylvania. This position provides for the spiritual needs of the college community. In this role, Etheridge assists students, faculty and staff in understanding events as they relate to spiritual and emotional well-being, preaches in and oversees Geneva’s chapel program, and collaborates with the college’s church relations program and Center for Faith and Practice (CFP).
As Chaplain, Rut also teaches part-time in the Department of Bible, Christian Ministries and Philosophy, a duty for which he is well qualified. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) in Pittsburgh since 2007 and from 1999-2004 he taught Bible at Heritage Christian High School, a non-denominational college-prep school in Indianapolis.
Rut earned a Master of Divinity at RPTS and a Bachelor of Arts in Comprehensive Bible, with an emphasis on pastoral studies and a minor in the philosophy of religion, at Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio. Upon graduating from RPTS in 2006, he served until 2013 as the pastor of Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.
Rut speaks regularly to a variety of groups and conferences, ranging from academically oriented gatherings such as the annual Westminster Confession of Faith Into the 21st Century Conference to college retreats, high school youth groups and church family camps. He’s been interviewed frequently on Bibleburgh, a radio talk show on 101.5 WORD FM. Rut enjoys the outdoors, especially the ocean, and is a black belt in karate.
Rut says: “The best part of my life is my wife Evelyn and our four children—Isaiah, Caroline, Calvin, and Josiah.”