Pastor Rutledge grew up in a Christian home in California. But it wasn't until he was serving our country with the United States Air Force, that he trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour at the age of 21.
He was saved on September 10, 1998 at Bible Baptist Church in Marysville, California, just outside of Beale A.F.B. After his salvation, he immediately knew that the Lord was calling him to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He graduated from the Bible Baptist Institute with a four year Graduate of Theology Degree, and soon after came on staff at Bible Baptist Church as the Assistant Pastor for the next five and a half years. It was there that he met his beautiful wife, Christy.
Prior to arriving at Lighthouse Baptist Church, Pastor Rutledge served as the Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church of Ashland, Kentucky for nine and a half years. He and his wife have been faithfully married for over 18 years, and have four precious boys.