PASTOR ROD RUBERG

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

 

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    The Ruberg Family  

       

Tyler, Hans, Spencer, Karen                                  Adria, Keith & Stacey, Gavin         

                                                              

 

Personal

 

Rodney C. Ruberg             Married:  Marilyn K. Graham on July 2, 1966

1320 Washington                         Children:  Karen Stonehouse, Keith Ruberg

Rochester, IN  46975                                         Hans Stonehouse (son-in-law)

574-223-4193                                                 Stacey Ruberg (daughter-in-law)

E-mail: rodruberg@rtcol.com                 Grandchildren:  Tyler, Spencer, Adria, Gavin

 

 

Testimony

 

            I was raised in a Christian home with 1 brother (also a pastor) and 2 sisters.  My father was a Pastor and my mother was actively involved too.  I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was 6 to 10 years old (not exactly sure when) in the living room of our home.  Since that time it has been my desire to serve our Lord and be obedient to His leading.  While in High School I took my stand as a Christian and endeavored to be a faithful Witness with my life as well as my words.  It was impressed on me early that my words do not mean much if my life does not back it up.

            I was born in Avon, IL and lived the first 12 years near Checkrow, IL – both being 50 miles west of Peoria, IL.  Our family moved to Chesterfield, IL – which is 50 miles north of St. Louis, MO, where I lived until I left home to attend college.  All those years were spent in the rural setting where Dad was the Pastor.  I had the privilege of raising and working with livestock and later doing field work – preparation for planting, harvesting, haying, fencing and that sort of farm related work.  I loved the farm and still do enjoy being in a farming community and with farm-type people.

After High School I felt led to attend a Christian College to prepare to be a teacher.  It was here I met my wife Marilyn who also was preparing to be a teacher – and she has taught for over 25 years.  This cute coed Marilyn Graham caught my eye one night when we were part of a mission’s prayer group.  I have often said a prayer meeting is a great place to meet a mate!  (I tease her about me being the answer to her prayers!)  Marilyn had been raised in East Peoria, IL, in a Christian home.  Both her parents worked at Caterpillar Tractor Company, but also worked tirelessly in their home church where her Dad was lay preacher.  Marilyn also had accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior as a young child.  She too had a desire to be a faithful Witness to her classmates.  Her desire to please the Lord Jesus certainly matched mine.  So the Lord worked things out to put us together to serve Him as a couple.

            Following graduation from college I taught secondary math, science and business for several years. Then the Lord led me into college and university administration, and finally into the Ministry.  It is somewhat surprising to me that I was 30 years old before I received the Call.  As a P.K. (preacher’s kid) with an extrovert personality and a commitment to serve the Lord, most people assumed I would follow my Father and Uncles into the gospel Ministry--and I would have liked to!  However, the Lord knew I needed to experience other things before calling me to the ministry.

            My ministry started by preaching occasionally and doing pulpit supply.  Then I became the Pastor of the Fairmount Baptist Church.  The third step consisted of evangelistic crusades, revival meeting, and more frequent speaking and pulpit supplying.  During this time I often thought the Lord would place me back in the Pastorate, but instead the next step was the full-time Ministry at the Peoria Rescue Mission.  This was an exciting Ministry involving counseling, teaching, preaching, public relations, administration, and in general pointing people to Jesus Christ as the only hope for now and eternity.  In 1983 I accepted the call to come to Indiana as Pastor.  The Lord blessed our ministry as church attendance grew, many were saved, and others made renewed and stronger commitments to the Lord.  In 1986 the Body of Christ changed its name to Riverview Community Church and the growth and blessing of the Lord has continued.  Victory and growth has been abundantly evident for which we praise the Lord.  This is my calling--to tell people about Salvation, Abundant Life, and Eternal Life through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and to teach people the Word of God which guides us to Righteous Living.

 

            At our home, I endeavored to bring up our children in the Lord.  My wife Marilyn is the greatest helpmate as she too desires to serve our Lord.  My children have both accepted Jesus as their Savior and are growing in Him.  My daughter Karen is married to a Christian man, Hans, who grew up the son of missionaries in Germany.  They have two sons -- Tyler and Spencer.  My son Keith is married to a Christian lady, Stacey, who grew up in our church.  They have a daughter - Adria. We believe we must honor the Lord in our home activities as well as our public lives.  We also believe in Christian education at home, on Sunday, and if possible, through the week.

 

            I believe that if we are to have an effective witness in our Community we must be visible at its activities.  Therefore we are active in several community events.  It is always easier to have an effective witness if people have already witnessed your walk.  Marilyn teaches in a public school and has been able to be an effective witness for our Lord to both teachers and pupils.

 

            Marilyn and I both desire to do just what the Lord Jesus wants us to do where He wants us to be.

 

 

Education

 

Certificate, 1991       Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL.

                                                (Emphasis in Bible)

M.Div., 1988              Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN.

(Emphasis in Greek and Hebrew)

M.B.A., 1971             Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

(Emphasis in accounting and finance)

A.B., 1967                  Greenville College, Greenville, IL. 

(Majors in math and physics)

Diploma, 1963          Carlinville Community High School, Carlinville, IL

                                                (General college prep courses).

 

 

Experience

 

Ministry

1983-present:            Pastor, Riverview Community Church, Tippecanoe, IN.

1963-present:            Preacher/Teacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

1980-1983:                Minister, Peoria (IL) Rescue Mission--Director of Stewardship, Bible teacher, Counselor.

1977-1980:                Holding Special Meetings, Song Evangelist, Pulpit Supply,

Personal evangelism

1976-1977:                Pastor, Fairmount (IN) Baptist Church.

 

Business

1971-present:            Managerial and Tax consultant (part-time).

1977-1980:                Controller, Bradley University, Peoria, IL.

1974-1977:                Controller, Taylor University, Upland, IN.

1972-1974:                Business Manager, Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa Falls, GA.

 

Education

1967-present             Certified Teacher, States of Illinois and Indiana,

Business, Mathematics, Physics

1977                           Lecturer (Business), Sangamon State University,

E. Peoria, IL.

1974-1977                 Assistant Professor (Business), Taylor University,

Upland, IN.

1967-1972                 Teacher (Math, Science, Business), Illinois Public Schools

 

 

Memberships

 

            Spanish World Ministries Board of Directors, Treasurer

            Camp Emmanuel Board of Directors, Chairman

            Woodlawn Hospital Chaplains Association, Chairman.

            Independent Fundamental Churches of America

            National Association of Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders

            National Rifle Association

            Farm Bureau

 

 

Activities and Hobbies

 

            Playing with grandchildren

Home Bible studies

            Fitness workouts

Golf, tennis, shooting, other less strenuous sports

            Reading, computer

            Visiting people

 

 

Pastoral Call and Ministry

 

            The Call to the Ministry must be from God. Dr. Harry Ironside wrote an intriguing book called Ordained of God which by its title aptly describes the proper Call.  This is the first step in the Call to the Ministry.  I was Ordained of God in 1975.  Shortly thereafter He showed the Congregation of the Fairmount Baptist Church they were to call me as their Pastor.  This is the second step of the Call--when God reveals to a specific Church or Christian Organization this man is His choice for them.

 

            The primary Ministry of the Pastor is to Build the Church.  First, the Church consists of the Saved, and specifically to the Saved in that local Church.  Second, the Church is Built by teaching, exhorting, reproving, rebuking, and preaching the Word.  (I Tim. 6:2; 2 Tim. 4:2; Titus 2:15).  My interpretation of the Scriptural role of the Pastor is to Minister primarily to the Saved.  Consequently, the majority of Sermons will be thus directed.

 

            The second Ministry of the Pastor should be a natural outgrowth of the first--leading the Church in Evangelism.  Too often the Laymen expect the Pastor to do all the Evangelism, and sometimes the opposite is true!  However, if the Pastor is adequately building the Church, all the Members of the Church (all Christians) will be involved in some form of Evangelism.  Unfortunately, all too often we attempt to force everyone into the same mold.  We must recognize that not everyone has the personality to go "door knocking."  However, each Church member should have ample training in evangelism so they can take advantage of the opportunities afforded them to verbally witness.  In line with the preceding paragraph, not every sermon will be based on "Ye Must Be Born Again," but each message will bring forth the need to be committed to Jesus Christ.

 

            These two major ministries of the Pastor will be achieved primarily through the use of these four means:  

 

Expository Preaching.  Most of my preaching is verse-by-verse through various books of the bible.  It is Biblical exposition with weekly personal application.  Topical messages may be given at the special times of the year.  I am convinced the best way to build-up the Child of God for their faithful service to the Lord is the preaching/teaching of the Word. 

 

Evangelism Training:  It is vital that the lay people be trained, guided, and taught to lead people to Christ.  This unleashes a tremendous power of growth in the Church and gives lay people a spiritual ministry.  A Church where the Laymen do not know how to lead people to Christ often develops the philosophy that attendance and giving money are their service to Christ rather than that of attending Church to be prepared to go and have a vital Ministry of Evangelism. 

 

Discipleship.  When Laymen evangelize, there will be people Saved.  A new Believer in Christ is called a "Babe in Christ" and all babies need to have good nutrition to grow properly.  Many new Believers face difficult spiritual decisions and temptations.  Laymen need to help those they have led to Christ to mature Spiritually.  This takes a lot of time, but is richly rewarding. 

 

Pastoral Visitation.  I believe in calling in the homes of the Church family.  I believe in calling on new people attending.  However, this is an area where Laymen can also be very effective.  I believe calling at hospitals and nursing homes can also be an important Ministry for the Pastor and Laymen.

 

            The Pastor is not to be a Dictator, but is to be the Leader of the Church, working closely with the Board to insure the Church never becomes "his Church."  Strong Lay leadership by the men of the Church is essential for an effective Ministry.  I like the analogy of the Shepherd and the Flock:  the Shepherd leads the Flock and watches over them and protects them with loving kindness, the Flock follows the Shepherd because they know he loves them and cares for their welfare, the Shepherd and the Flock always go in the direction that is best for the Flock and they all go together, the flock is supportive and watchful of each other, the Flock reproduces itself.

 

 

Doctrinal Statement

 

Section A.  The Holy Scriptures

 

I believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed.  2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Mat. 5:18; John 16:12-13.

 

Section B.  The Godhead 

 

I believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience.  Deut. 6:4; Mat. 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-14; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Acts 5:3-4.

 

Section C.  Person and Work of Christ

 

I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.  John 1:1-14; Luke 1:25.

 

I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.  Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5.

 

I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.  Acts 1:9-10; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1-2.

 

I believe in the "Blessed Hope," the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; in His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom.  Zech. 14:4-11; 1 Thes. 1:10; 5:9; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6.

 

Section D.  The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

 

I believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He is the supernatural Agent of regeneration, and simultaneous with regeneration baptizes all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. 

John 16:8-11; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14.

 

I believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.  John 16:13; Eph. 5:18; 1 John 2:27, 29.

 

Section E.  The Total Depravity of Man

 

I believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God; that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.  Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12.

 

Section F.  Salvation

 

I believe that salvation is the gift of God, brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.  Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; John 1:12; 1 Pet. 1:18-19.

 

Section G.  Everlasting Safety of Believers

 

I believe that all, once born again by the Spirit of God, are kept by God's power alone and are thus secure in Christ forever, sealed by the Holy Spirit, who is the down-payment of our inheritance.  Eph. 1:13-14; John 3:15-16; 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1,35-39; Jude 24-25; Phil. 1:6; 1 Pet. 1:3-5.

 

I believe that it is the privilege of the believer to rejoice in the assurance of his salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for careless living.  Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:1; 1 John 2:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 8:5; John 8:31, 34; Heb. 10:26-31; 1 John 2:6; 3:3, 6-10.

 

 

Section H.  The Two Natures of the Believer

 

I believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are un-Scriptural.  Rom. 6:13; 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16-25; 8:12-13; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:19; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9.

 

Section I.  Separation

 

I believe that all the saved are responsible to live godly, consistent Christian lives without bringing reproach upon their Savior and Lord; that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded by God.  We further believe that the Scripture plainly teaches that those who are born again should not marry or have other entangling alliances with unbelievers.  Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11.

 

Section J.  Missions

 

I believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scripture.  It is the duty and privilege of the Church to take the Word of God to all the world, using sound missionary agencies and whatever media God may make available.  We further believe that it is the responsibility of the Church to pray for laborers to be sent to the mission fields, to support them financially and to pray for their ministry and their safety.  Mat. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:19-20; Mat. 9:36-38; 2 Thes. 3:1-2; Eph. 6:18-20.

 

Section K.  The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

 

I believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established.  1 Cor. 12:14; 2 Cor 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12.

 

I believe that God does heed and answer the prayer of faith in accord with His own will for the sick and afflicted.  John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15.

 

Section L.  The Church

 

I believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers of the present age which began on the day of Pentecost.  Acts 2:1-4; Mat. 16:18; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27.

 

I believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.  Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-11.

 

Section M.  The Ordinances

 

I believe that our Lord Jesus Christ has left the ordinances of Baptism, the mode of which shall be by immersion, and Communion to be observed by the Church in commemoration of His person and word.  Mat. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; 1 Cor. 11; 2, 23-26.

 

Section N.  The Personality of Satan

 

I believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.  Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Mat. 4:2-11; Rev. 20:10.

 

Section O.  The Eternal State

 

I believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.  Mat. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-15.

 

I believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the lord.  Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phi. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thes 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6.

 

I believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when soul and body are reunited and they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment.  They shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment.  Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thes. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15.