BJ Rudge

Read BJ's testimony: Faith Through The Fire

Education & Research

  • Graduated from Hickory High School (Pennsylvania, 1994)
  • B.A., Biblical Studies and Philosophy (summa cum laude), Geneva College (1999)
  • M.A., Theological Studies (high honors), Biola University (2000)
  • Ph.D., Philosophy and Apologetics (high honors), Trinity Theological Seminary (2005)
  • Chaplaincy Certification, Master’s Divinity School (2002)
  • Chaplain in Action; Master’s Graduate School of Divinity
  • Crisis Counseling; Master’s Graduate School of Divinity
  • Death and Grief; Master’s Graduate School of Divinity
  • Talbot Bibleland Studies, Talbot Theological Seminary (1999) – Three-week trip to investigate the archaeology and geography of Rome, Turkey, and Greece with biblical scholars and archaeologist
  • Two years of undergraduate work in liberal arts at Penn State University-Shenango Campus
  • Taking care of our own (eight hour course for chaplains on preparing for line-of-duty-deaths and serious injuries), Hermitage Fire Department
  • Acute Traumatic Stress Management, Hermitage Police Department
  • Suicide Prevent, Intervention and Postvention, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
  • Group Crisis Intervention, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
  • Managing School Crises:  From Theory to Application, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation  
  • Introduction to Disasters; American Red Cross
  • Graduate Diploma, Evangelical Training Association

Ministry Background & Experience

  • Executive Assistant at Bill Rudge Ministries (2000 - present)
  • Professor of Philosophy at Penn State (Shenango Valley Campus) (2016 - present)
  • Part-time professor at East Gate Community College (Youngstown, Ohio) (2018 - present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Theology for Global University – Responsible for advising and assisting graduate students in their studies (2012 - 2016)
  • Faculty Mentor for Columbia Evangelical Seminary – Responsible for providing support for undergraduate students (2007 - 2016)
  • Adjunct Professor for California Biblical University and Seminary – Responsible for advising and assisting doctoral students in their studies as well as creating a curriculum for doctoral courses (2007)
  • Ordained chaplain with Chaplain Fellowship Ministries International (2007 - present)
  • Head soccer coach at Hickory High School - Responsible for instructing and overseeing soccer program for grades  K – 12 (1996-1998; 2003 - present)
  • Instructor at Han Sam Academy - Responsible for overseeing and instructing classes to prepare high school students for SAT’s (1999 - 2000)
  • TSS staff worker for MGC, Inc. - Responsible for monitoring and facilitating behavior for troubled youth (1998 – 1999)
  • Volunteered as a youth instructor for the Beaver Missionary Alliance Church (1997 - 1998)
  • Counselor for Summer’s Best Two Weeks (1992 - 1993)
  • Short-term mission trips to dozens of countries where I spoke at several schools and churches, distributed food and clothing, and held soccer clinics (1993 - present)
  • Spoke hundreds of times at churches, schools, youth groups, camps, and conferences on theological and apologetic related issues (1993 - present)
  • Interviewed for several radio programs on various stations as well as for articles in different sports magazines (2000 to present)


  • Doctoral dissertation, A Critical Appraisal and Evaluation of the Doxological Approach of Robert A. Morey, was used as a textbook for California Biblical University and Seminary
  • An Investigation into Contemporary Apologetic Systems, Journal of Biblical Apologetics, Fall 2007, Vol.10, No.1
  • The The Da Vinci Code: Historical Fact or Historical Fiction, Journal of Biblical Apologetics, Spring 2008, Vol. 11, No. 1
  • Numerous articles published in various magazines and also the monthly newsletter at Bill Rudge Ministries (2000-present)
  • Living Your Life in the Center of God’s Will, January 2014, Living Truth Publishers
  • Faith Through the Fire, January 2014, Living Truth Publishers
  • Contributions and quotes published in books by Bill Rudge: Who is this Jesus?, 2002, Living Truth Publishers; and Overcoming Sexual Immorality, 2007, Living Truth Publishers

Awards and Achievements 

  • National Omicron-Psi Honor Society
  • Kappa Tau Epsilon, Talbot School of Theology Scholastic Honor Society
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Penn State Honor Society
  • Alpha Chi National College Honor Society
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
  • National Dean’s List
  • Elmer R. Deaver Foundation Scholarship
  • Penn State Alumni Scholarship
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers (1998, 2005)
  • The Margaret Cunningham Foley Memorial Teaching Award at Penn State University - Shenango Campus (2018)