Oral Roberts Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent to speak in Cov­ing­ton

Oral Roberts Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Dr. Mark Rut­land to speak

The Covington News - - Front page - By Chris Queen news@cov­news.com

Oral Roberts Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Dr. Mark Rut­land will speak at Prospect United Methodist Church in Cov­ing­ton on Sun­day.

Rut­land, who is also founder and pres­i­dent of Global Ser­vants, an evan­ge­lis­tic and mis­sion­ary or­ga­ni­za­tion, will be at the 8: 30 a. m., 11 a. m., and 7 p. m. ser­vices.

He is a for­mer Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent and mem­ber of Prospect and has main­tained a friend­ship with long­time pas­tor Lawrence Lock­ett, and men­tored Prospect’s cur­rent pas­tor, Ronny Bran­nen.

Rut­land served as Bran­nen’s youth min­is­ter and as­so­ci­ate pas­tor. His wife, Ali­son, also taught Sun­day School at Prospect dur­ing their time in Cov­ing­ton. Bran­nen and Lock­ett both serve on the board of Global Ser­vants.

“ Dr. Rut­land is like a best friend and fa­ther in Christ to me,” said Bran­nen. “ We go way back, with nearly 40 years of his­tory to­gether. Hav­ing him speak here is like hav­ing him come home.”

A Texas na­tive, Rut­land holds de­grees from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land and the Candler School of The­ol­ogy at Emory Uni­ver­sity. He earned his doc­tor­ate from the Cal­i­for­nia Grad­u­ate School of The­ol­ogy. He pa­s­tored at sev­eral churches be­fore as­sum­ing the pres­i­dency of Oral Roberts Uni­ver­sity. He is the first pres­i­dent of the uni­ver­sity who is not a mem­ber of the Roberts fam­ily.

Rut­land founded Global Ser­vants in 1977. Global Ser­vants has per­formed out­reach projects in Ghana and Thai­land, and the Rut­lands have staged sem­i­nars through­out the world through the min­istry. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has planted churches through­out Ghana, in­clud­ing one funded by and named af­ter Prospect United Methodist Church. Global Ser- vants opened the House of Grace girls’ home in Chi­ang Rai, Thai­land, which now houses more than 100 girls.

Rut­land is the author of 13 books, in­clud­ing, “ Launch Out into the Deep,” “ The Fin­ger of God,” “ Hang­ing by a Thread,” “ Be­hind the Glit­ter­ing Mask,” “ Streams of Mercy,” “ God of the Val­leys,” “ Nev­er­the­less,” “ Dream,” and “ Char­ac­ter Mat­ters.” His lat­est book is “ Most Likely to Suc­ceed.”

Rut­land and his wife, Ali­son, have been mar­ried for 43 years. They have two sons and a daugh­ter, all of whom are in­volved in the min­istry of Global Ser­vants. They also have six grand­chil­dren.

Bran­nen says that Rut­land will share what­ever the Holy Spirit lays on his heart at the ser­vices. The church did not ask him to speak on a spe­cific topic, but Bran­nen is ty­ing Rut­land’s ap­pear­ance in with the church’s vi­sion for the new year.

“ We’re pray­ing that peo­ple will have changed lives af­ter hear­ing Dr. Rut­land speak, and we hope that peo­ple will be stirred to a greater pas­sion,” said Bran­nen. “ We’re do­ing sev­eral spe­cial things through­out the year to ig­nite the church’s pas­sion for serv­ing and lov­ing God and reach­ing out to oth­ers.”

The two morn­ing ser­vices will have dif­fer­ent mu­sic and wor­ship styles. A men’s sing­ing group from Oral Roberts Uni­ver­sity will sing and share all the mu­sic at the evening ser­vice.

The church will take up a love of­fer­ing at the evening ser­vice to ben­e­fit Global Ser­vants.

Sub­mit­ted photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

Spe­cial guest: Oral Roberts Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Dr. Mark Rut­land will be speak­ing at Prospect United Methodist Church on Sun­day

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