Rev Steven Rutt, Ph.D.

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Rev. Dr. Steven Rutt has forty-seven (47) years of experience as a pastor, church planter, missionary, published author, and international teacher in biblical, theological, and intercultural studies within fourteen countries. He has taught at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate theological colleges and seminaries in New Zealand, Lithuania, England, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Arizona. Since 1993 he has served as founder and president of Covenant Renewal Ministries, Inc.—a non-profit missionary organization—which has enabled him to function as a conference speaker and lecturer in Europe and the United Kingdom. He remains a lecturer in missiology for the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (Oxford, England) and a professor for Cranmer Theological House—a seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church, the denomination where he serves as Vicar for a new church plant—Saint Andrew’s REC—as well as Dean of the Western Convocation/Deanery of the Diocese of Mid America. He is also a member of The Society of Anglican Theologians. He continues to serve as an Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Arizona Christian University (ACU). He has taught courses at ACU in Historical Theology; Systematic Theology; Hermeneutics; St. Paul’s Life, Teachings and Mission; Ancient Israel and its Literature; Early Christianity and its Literature; Second Century Christianity; Early Christian Creeds and Church Councils; Church History; Mission Studies (Missiology); Anglican Studies; and various books of the Bible for the past ten years. Rev. Dr. Rutt has been married to his college sweetheart, Sue, for forty-seven years, and have four wonderful children and their children married Christian spouses and have given them twelve delightful grandchildren.              

Degrees and Experience        


Ph.D. University of Lancaster, England                


M.A.T.  Fuller Theological Seminary


B.Th. Sweetwater Bible College          


Publications and Presentations       

  • Steven Richard Rutt, Roland Allen: A Missionary Life (Cambridge, England: The Lutterworth Press, 2018); 188 pages. 
  • Steven Richard Rutt, Roland Allen: A Theology of Mission – Towards a Missiology of Spirit and Order (Cambridge, England: The Lutterworth Press, 2018); 242 pages. 
  • Steven Rutt, ‘Background and Overview of “The Ministry of Expansion”’ an analytical chapter on Roland Allen’s The Ministry of Expansion: the Priesthood of the Laity [1930], William Carey Library, 2017, pages 47-68. 
  • Steven Richard Rutt, ‘Roland Allen’s Contribution towards Missiology: An overall Perspective Today’ India Church Growth Quarterly (ICGQ), Madras, India, 2014.  
  • Rutt, Steven, ‘An Analysis of Roland Allen’s Missionary Ecclesiology,’ Transformation, Vol. 29 (3), July 2012, 200-213, London: SAGE Publications. 
  • Rutt, Steven, ‘Roland Allen’s Apostolic Principles: An Analysis of his “The Ministry of Expansion,”’ Transformation, Vol. 29 (3), July 2012, 225-243, London: SAGE Publications. 
    • Cranmer Theological House (Seminary), Dallas, Texas: Evangelism and Mission, October 2020 and January-April 2023. Also, Introduction to the Old Testament, October-December 2022.
    • Anglican Way Institute 2023: Re-formed Catholic Anglicanism. Presented a workshop on The Rev. Roland Allen’s Theology of ‘Spirit & Order’-a Framework for Anglican Missionary Ecclesiology.
    • Diocesan Synod of the Reformed Episcopal Church: ‘The Transferable Principles of Mission and Church Planting from the Work of the Anglican Missionary, Roland Allen’ February 2019.  
    • Oxford Centre for Training, Research Advocacy and Dialogue Conference: ‘Anglicans, Culture and the State’ for the Anglican Patrimony Conference, St Stephen’s House, Oxford, UK, April 2018. 
  • Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, UK: ‘The Missionary Ecclesiology of Roland Allen’ July 2013.          
  • Yale-Edinburgh Group (University of Edinburgh, Yale Divinity School, and the Overseas Ministries Study Centre), The Centre for the Study of World Christianity, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland: ‘The impetus of Roland Allen’s missionary ecclesiology among bishops in India: a case study reflection of V.S. Azariah and George C. Hubback’ June 2012. 
  • Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, UK: ‘Roland Allen’s Apostolic Principles: An Analysis of his “The Ministry of Expansion: the Priesthood of the Laity’ June 2011.
  • Free Church of England Clergy Conference, Shallowford House, Stafford, UK. ‘Clergy Training: a proposal for the advancement of theological training within The Free Church of England’ April 2010.
  • Lancashire Evening Post, Lancashire County, England: Interview on Church ministry in Preston, England, ‘Spreading the Word’ (June 22, 2010, page 15).
  • BBC Radio Lancashire, Blackburn, England: Interview about ‘Christianity and Culture’ July 21, 2010.
  • Northern Diocesan Clergy Conference of the Free Church of England, UK: ‘The Missiology of Roland Allen’ (October 2009). 
  • Vilnius Theological College, Vilnius, Lithuania: Lecturer in Christology and Christian Apologetics, for Lithuanian and Russian theological students, 1998.
  • Johan Maasbach Wereldzending (World Mission) Television, Den Haag, Netherlands: Seminars and preaching (April 1993 and June 1994). 
  • ‘The Cancer Eating at Our Society Can Be Cured’ Challenge Weekly, New Zealand (Vol. 40, No. 20, June 4, 1982, pages 10-11).                                                    


Rev Mark Shields

After retiring from the Post Office, Mark moved to Arizona to attend Andrewes Hall Seminary in Phoenix AZ. Graduating with a Bachelor of Theology. After graduating Mark was ordained as a Deacon in the Reformed Episcopal Church in 2010.

Mark was then ordained a Presbyter in 2018. Mark has served at St. Andrew's REC since before his ordination, and as of 2022 has served at St. Andrew's for over 16 years. Mark has been married to Brenda (his high school sweetheart) for 46 years and they have three grown children and six grandchildren.

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