Deborah Rutt

Mrs. Deborah Rutt


I have been married for 47 years (2020) to Douglas. We have 5 children and have been blessed with 15 beautiful grandchildren (11 boys and 4 girls).  We have been privileged to serve our Lord in many ways throughout our marriage. We served as missionaries to Guatemala, Central America for eight years. I have supported my husband in his roles as parish pastor, mission executive for LCMS World Mission, seminary professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, international mission’s executive for Lutheran Hour Ministries, and currently professor and provost at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. I have a BA in Business and MA in Clinical Psychology. I had my own career as a professional fund development executive for 20 years, serving as assistant vice president for advancement at Concordia Theological Seminary, as vice president for advancement for other non-profits, and CEO of two different Lutheran social service agencies.


I have written and led Bible studies and women’s retreats, served in leadership roles with the LWML and served as leader for the Bridging Culture initiative. I wrote and taught missionary family and couples training courses on and off the mission field for LCMS World Missions, wrote a book on domestic violence for pastors, and led many training courses on fund development at the local and national level. I have served as a member and leader of a number of different Boards and am currently the vice president of our City Art Commission Board and treasurer for Lutheran Braille Workers. I am blessed not to be working outside the home and so am able to spend time with our children and grandchildren.


Lutheran Braille Workers brings the good news of eternal life through our dear Lord Jesus Christ to those who are blind or visually impaired in ways that they can hear and read if for themselves, they can cherish it and have it at their disposal whenever they desire, at no cost to them.  


“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace. Who bring glad tidings of good things.” Romans 10:15 NKJV



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