BJ Rudge, Ph.D.

Read BJ's testimony: Faith Through The Fire

BJ Rudge, son of Bill and Karen Rudge, has worked as an executive assistant at the ministry center since 2000. His many ministry responsibilities include speaking at churches, schools, leadership and men's conferences, and special outreaches as well as biblical research, apologetics, crisis intervention, writing books, blogs and articles for the newsletters and other publications, and producing radio broadcasts and audio messages.

BJ earned his Ph.D. in apologetics and philosophy and also serves as an adjunct professor for a seminary and part-time professor for a university.

BJ was one of the youngest head coaches for any varsity sport in U.S. public schools. He was voted Referee of the Year, was nominated for Who’s Who Among American Teachers and has received many other awards. BJ was a girls' varsity soccer head coach for 16 years. He also ran soccer clinics and obstacle courses and trained individuals and groups.

BJ has a heart for the Lord and ministry. A book about his life, Faith Through the Fire, is a powerful testimony of how God worked in his life in the midst of great adversity. It has touched the lives of many young people and adults.

BJ has been a great asset to the ministry. He and his wife, Tara, who supports him in all his ministry endeavors, have six precious children. BJ is lead pastor of Truth and Grace Fellowship.

In BJ's words, 

"I enjoy speaking, writing and talking to people from different countries. We reach a multitude of people from a wide variety of backgrounds. The vision of this ministry is unique, especially when considering the international outreaches to pastors, missionaries and military personnel. With the major issues facing people today, we have a very relevant ministry: reaching the world for Christ and encouraging believers to reach their maximum potential in Jesus."

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 Prevention, 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 Teacher Diploma, Evangelical Training Association

Ministry Background & Experience

  • Executive Assistant at Bill Rudge Ministries (2000 - present)
  • Lead Pastor at Truth & Grace Fellowship (2021 - 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 - 2019)
  • 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 and television 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 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, 2021)
  • Penn State Part-time Faculty Member of the Year Award (2019)
Executive Assistant