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Rutledge Etheridge

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 served as pastor of Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh from June of 2006 to April of 2013. In June of 2013, Rut began work as the chaplain of Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. Below is an excerpt from Rut’s profile at the RPTS website, where he has served as an adjunct professor of systematic theology 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:

Watch videos of Pastor Etheridge’s seminar sereis on the Emerging Church Movement and Sola Scriptura given at RPTS on January 31, 2009:

Or, listen to MP3 audio files of the complete lectures at

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  1. What a fantastic statement on Reformed Theology! I am working on a sermon to begin a series, “What is Reformed Theology? – An Exalted View of God” and you hit the nail right on the head! I may use portions of your statement and quote you in my sermon, as I don’t think I would be able to articulate Reformed Theology as well as you have done here. I praise God for using you to encourage me with your words, brother!

    April 29, 2013
    • Rut Etheridge III #

      Dear Brother,
      The irony of my blogging continues…I am so inept with technology that today is the first time I saw your comment! Thank you so much for your encouragement. I hope the sermon and the series were a great blessing to you and your congregation. The Lord bless you!

      October 13, 2013

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