Adams, Bruce

Position: Media Production

Bruce Adams has volunteered at the Bill Rudge Ministries for over 35 years helping with radio broadcasts, audio messages, video duplication and web site production. His focus is on putting out the highest quality product for the glory of God.

Bruce also helps with various special projects and maintenance needs. He is a humble man of God who is willing to help in any way possible. He is a great asset to the ministry. His wife, Janet, is very supportive. They have been a witness to the many miracles as this ministry has grown in obedience to God’s will.

In Bruce’s Words:

I have been a volunteer at Bill Rudge Ministries for over 35 years. Working here is like being on a mission field without leaving town and reaching the world without leaving Sharon.

Blystone, Art & Teenie

Art’s Position: Board of Directors / Grounds Care / Literature Table

Teenie’s Position: Grounds Care / Literature Table

Art and Teenie Blystone have been volunteering their time and talents for several years at the Bill Rudge Ministries. They plant flowers, trim bushes and trees and do so much more to keep the ministry center looking great. Art serves on the Board of Directors. They sometimes go with Bill or BJ on speaking engagements to run the ministry display and book tables. Art and Teenie traveled with Bill and Karen during the Holy Land Adventure to Israel, and are praying about traveling with Bill and Karen on the Around the World 3 in a few years. They have been a blessing to Bill and Karen and the ministry in numerous ways.

In Teenie’s Words:

Because Bill Rudge had been able to minister overseas so many times, he told us what to expect and what to do and not do concerning our first mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Bill was encouraging – praying for spiritual and physical strength, getting us on the right vitamins, encouraging us to go onwards in spite of any doubts and fears. Working with the Bill Rudge Ministries, one learns to be willing, ready and able to help wherever and whenever. When we volunteer, we feel it is such a blessing to know that we are helping some way with the ministry. I feel closer to the Lord when I’m working there.

Dunder, Mike and Ruthann

Mike’s Position: Maintenance 

Ruthann’s Position: Prayer Ministry

Mike Dunder (of Mike Dunder Construction Company) volunteered to help with the construction of our first ministry center back in 1981. A few years later he volunteered a year of his life to head up the construction of a large addition and gymnasium. Since then, Mike has been involved in every building project at the ministry.

Mike’s wife, Ruthann, has trained our staff on computer operations, helps with computer input, and is part of the prayer ministry.

Through involvement in our many building projects and helping at various ministry outreaches, Mike has witnessed several miracles which are recorded in Bill’s books Overcoming the Giants in Your Life and The Impossible. Mike is the kind of guy that tells it like it is, so having him as an eyewitness and a faithful supporter says a lot.

If everyone was as sensitive and obedient to the Lord as Mike and Ruthann, this ministry would never lack anything. An example follows. It was about noon on a Tuesday. Bill Rudge was in his office in a meeting when Karen knocked on the door. She quietly informed Bill that not enough money came in the mail to pay all the bills so they could close out the books for last month. Bill told her that somehow the Lord would provide and then returned to his meeting.

Shortly thereafter as Bill was walking out of his office following his meeting he saw Ruthann Dunder walk into the ministry. She had an envelope containing a donation from her husband. Mike told Ruthann that the Lord spoke to his heart to get this money to the ministry right away so she special delivered it. The timing was perfect and enabled us to pay all the bills that had to be paid. This has happened with Mike several times before (and also by several other ministry friends) throughout the years. God is always faithful and speaks to the hearts of those who listen and obey.

Mike and Ruthann have sacrificed their time, talents, and resources to help this ministry in many ways. For their more than 30 years of volunteer service and friendship we are eternally grateful.

Hetrick, Dick

Position: Obstacle Course / Literature Table

Dick Hetrick has a heart for wood as well as a heart for Christ. After retiring from the Army Corps of Engineers in 2011, Dick took a woodcarving course in Asheville, NC, and classes in Plymouth, Mass.

In his home studio, Dick enjoys carving kitchen utensils, and may spend 3 – 4 hours carving spoons and spreaders and 5 – 6 hours for bowls. Seventy-five percent of his sales are sent to missions, including Bill Rudge Ministries, with 25% retained for tools and specialty woods including walnut, maple, cherry, apple, plum, poplar, ironwood, lilac, rhododendron, birch and olive.

Dick lives in Sharpsville with his wife, Willie. They have two children, Jonathan and Katie. BRM is blessed to have Dick and Willie who help the ministry in various capacities. Willing to volunteer their services wherever needed, Dick has volunteered in helping to build several obstacle course stations at BRM. Willie serves as a BRM Board Member and Prayer Intercessor.

Colombo, Audrey

Position: Paper Cutter

Audrey Colombo is a very active person. Over the span of her life this musically talented woman has given piano lessons, played trombone in the Greenville Orchestra and played the euphonium for 20 years in the Mercer Community Band. She was a YMCA camp counselor, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and was Chairman of the Shenango Conservancy.

Audrey lived in Williamsville, New York before moving to Sharon and was married to “Trapper John” Colombo. After he passed away, Audrey moved to Whispering Oaks in Hermitage where she continues her active life by being involved in their activities and taking new residents “under her wing” to help them become acclimated to their new home. Her kitten, “Ditto,” keeps her company.

As if that didn’t keep Audrey busy enough, she loves volunteering at Bill Rudge Ministries where she says she has been working “forever.”

In Audrey’s Words:

Bill Rudge Ministries is just phenomenal. Bill helps older people, kids (going into the schools), overseas’ missions (sends books, pamphlets, CDs, etc. upon request, free of charge) and is so economically solid (stretching every dollar, spending funds wisely, never incurring debt). I love that!

Greathouse, Lois

Position: Financial Secretary / Newsletter Mailings

Lois has faithfully worked at the Bill Rudge Ministries for over 35 years in many capacities (financial record keeper, bookkeeper, bill payer, order filler, computer operator, and more).

In Lois’ Words:

More than 35 years ago, Bill Rudge spoke at Countryside Church. Gene and I were impressed when we heard him speak. Our son, Gary, decided to check into doing some drywall for the ministry. This led to my husband, Gene, thinking maybe he could use his carpentry talent to do something also. Rather than sit home alone the evening Gene was going down to work, I called to see if I could do some office work. Of course, no one ever asks Bill that without being put to use somehow. I took my electronic typewriter with me that night and I have been volunteering – as Bill says, “Till death do us part!” – ever since.

Hogan, John

Position: Electronic Newsletter

John, a business consultant from Michigan, is responsible for sending the Bill Rudge Ministries e-newsletters each month. In addition, John and his wife, Dr. Gretchen Heutsche-Hogan, along with their children, have found various ways to contribute to BRM such as donating a couple of cars to the ministry. Their children have helped by donating a portion of funds they have earned.

Lozier, Bruce and Rosemary

Bruce’s Position: All Around Helper

Rosemary’s Position: Prayer Ministry / Proofreading

Bruce and Rosemary Lozier are lifelong residents of the Shenango Valley. Over the years they have served the Lord together in various ways. Active in their local church, serving in various capacities, Bruce and Rosemary are involved in Celebrate Recovery at Bethel Life Church, Greenville and they host a weekly Bible Study in their home that Bruce leads. For several years they have brought the Good News of Jesus Christ into the Mercer County Jail, ministering to the prisoners there.

One of their greatest blessings for many years has been to actively serve with the Bill Rudge Ministries. Bruce has traveled to Haiti with Bill, and closer to home, Bruce enjoys representing the Bill Rudge Ministry by visiting the sick and shut ins and helping out at the ministry wherever and whenever needed. He is also a prayer warrior.

Rosemary has been a part of the Prayer Team for many years, faithfully praying for the needs of the ministry, the community and the world. She has also helped out in various other ways such as inputting articles on the computer, proofreading, mailing newsletters, sending Soldier boxes and answering phones. She has helped in the preparation of staff events and wherever needed.

In Rosemary’s Words:

It has always been a blessing to serve the Lord and to be a part of such an exciting ministry. To work alongside so many people who truly have a heart for the Lord is an honor. We have seen thousands of people come to know the Lord through the hard work and dedication of this ministry.

In Bruce’s Words:

I am very excited and honored to serve the Lord with my Christian brother, Bill. Working alongside of Bill has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. I’m looking forward to one day, reaching heaven and seeing the fruits of our labor through this ministry that started in Sharon, PA.

Ischo, Ruth

Position: Newsletter Mailings

Ruth Ischo has been a volunteer for Bill Rudge Ministries for 10 years. She was still working in the cardiology department at the hospital where she had worked for 20 years when she first started volunteering at BRM.

Her connection with the ministry began when she was very ill and down on her back. She started reading the Bible and listening to the radio where she first heard Bill Rudge’s radio messages. Ruth began to support the ministry financially and when she got better, she started to volunteer to help with the mailings. She said, “I knew that I fit here.” She also loves proofing Bill’s books.

God gave Ruth a heart to help and the gift of encouragement. Maybe it was because she was a polio survivor that she wanted to help others, so she would fix meals and send cards to those in need. The hymn, “His Eye is On The Sparrow” led her to include sparrows in the cards to those who needed encouragement.

In Ruth’s Words:

It is an incredible experience to volunteer for Bill Rudge Ministries. They are very humble, giving, and caring people. Bill thinks I am helping him, but really he is helping me in my path of learning and growing in the Lord.

Toth, Gina

Gina’s Position: Music Ministry

Tom’s Position: Music Ministry

Spreading God’s Word One Note at a Time

Tom and Gina Toth, the husband and wife team of Humble Music Ministries, serve as volunteers for the Bill Rudge Ministries. They have sung for several BRM events as well as many of Bill’s speaking engagements. They have an awesome music ministry of praise and worship.

Tom and Gina are dedicated to serving God’s people and reaching out to the unbeliever. Their goal is to reach as many people as possible, to uplift spirits and heal the brokenhearted through a mix of Southern gospel, folk, hymns, original tunes, and fun participation songs.

Their music and message are inspirational and Gina’s personal testimony is touching because it expresses how God has used her to bless others through severe visual challenges and health issues. Tom and Gina minister in various locations in a five county region in the Penn-Ohio area at nursing homes, churches, and other venues. More information can be found at their web site humblemusicministries.org. They look forward to being a blessing to your church or organization.

In Tom and Gina’s Words:

We really appreciate Bill and Karen Rudge’s dedication to the Lord and their devotion to the ministry. We find them to be a very inspirational couple and are delighted whenever we can spend time together. We consider them to be excellent mentors and love the fact that they are so true to God’s word.

Weikal, Jim

Position: Biblical Instruction Director

Youth and Maturity

by Jim Weikal

Forty-five years this August 2022 for Bill Rudge Ministries (BRM) and it is still going strong. Bill and Karen have ministered so long now that we forget they were once youngsters with a heart to work for their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Ever since the Lord sent me to this ministry back in the mid-eighties, I have always respected Bill’s wisdom and judgment. But I am sure many people just shook their heads that two recently saved “kids” in their early twenties would ever last for this long in a ministry that must look to the Lord daily for its survival.

I am reminded of Timothy whom God called to minister with the apostle Paul. Unlike our 21st century culture, which places great stress on youthfulness, the Greeks placed a high value on age and experience. Timothy was young by their standards (thirties) so Paul encouraged him: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

Over the years God has provided many challenges for this ministry, and Bill and Karen have met them through God’s grace. I am an eyewitness to many of the ways the Lord miraculously intervened as they stood in faith in seemingly impossible circumstances. They have followed Paul’s dictate to set an example for believers (1 Timothy 4:12).

I came to BRM in 1986 looking for someone who could teach me to serve the Lord. I had a desire to serve but was not sure how to go about doing it. I understood from Scripture that Joshua had learned from Moses and Timothy had been instructed by Paul, so I knew the necessity of learning from someone who was following the Lord.

My first job at the ministry was using a hammer to put shingles on the new addition. Gradually, I began to proofread, do research, lead Bible studies, speak in area churches, write for the ministry newsletter and serve as Biblical Instruction Director.

In all of these activities, I was continually being taught by Bill as he imparted his knowledge and experience to me. I also learned by his example which is always the best teacher. Fortunately, I know Bill not only as a teacher and spiritual advisor but also as a friend. In all circumstances, Bill strives to honor God and maintain the highest level of integrity.

When I came here all those years ago, I could not have known the extent to which Bill would positively influence my walk with the Lord. I could not have learned from textbooks what I have learned from Bill:

  • Through prayer and fasting always seek to know God’s will before you do something.
  • Spend more time reading the Scriptures than you do reading supplemental books.
  • Continue a healthy lifestyle and diet so the body and mind can do God’s work.
  • Maintain the highest level of integrity in all spheres of your life.
  • Always seek to honor God in all you do.

I have followed the Biblical principles learned at the Bill Rudge Ministries while serving as a pastor and ministering in many other ways. I believe the Bible to be the last court of appeals in all matters of the faith, and the Word and the testimony of Jesus need to be the standard for all Biblical Christians.