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The Rucker Family

Serving in United States

Father David was born in Kentucky, the fourth- generation son of Methodist ministers and missionaries. He attended Asbury College in Kentucky earning a BA in Christian Education and Missions. During a summer spent doing missionary work in Colombia, SA, he met Rozanne, the daughter of missionaries to Brazil. They were married and entered into career missionary service with a Protestant organization which specialized in planting churches and seminaries around the world.

Their thirteen years of Protestant missionary service would take them to Japan and China. During that time Fr. David also completed his Master of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary.

It was while serving in China that the Ruckers began to learn about the Orthodox Church. Fr. David was involved in theological education of Chinese church leaders. In Father’s own words, “They were asking questions we never asked as Protestants, and I was not satisfied with my answers.” Fr. David and Rozanne turned to Orthodox history and doctrine to help the Chinese make the Gospel truly “good news.” What began as academic research ended up leading them into life-giving relationships in the Orthodox Church; “We discovered a gold-mine largely untapped for the Chinese people. To our surprise, the Orthodox Church not only made the Gospel truly ‘good news’ for the Chinese—it transformed it into ‘good news’ for us. We discovered fullness historically and theologically, and a community where we could begin to live what we truly believed. We found the Church.”

They returned to Kentucky from China in 1993 for Fr. David’s doctoral studies in Missiology while Rozanne completed a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Kentucky. They were Chrismated in the Evangelical Orthodox Church in 1995 and planted a mission parish in Nicholasville, KY, which was received into the Orthodox Church in America in February 2002. Fr. David was ordained to the Priesthood that year. The Ruckers continued serving the parish they founded until December 2006, when Fr. David was asked to be the Associate Director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center in St. Augustine, FL. In 2013 the Ruckers became Mission Specialists, participating in the training of clergy for 40,000 new Orthodox Christians in 100 churches in Guatemala and Mexico, while Fr. David did doctoral work at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. In 2015 they joined the faculty of St. Herman Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska, where Fr. David now serves as Administrative Dean. When not in Alaska or Florida they teach and speak in parishes and conferences across the USA, for the edification of the local parish.

Rozanne is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and certified teacher. She is a national clinical supervisor for Parenting with Love & Limits (PLL). They have three children on earth, one in heaven, and three grandsons. Hobbies include water sports and long walks together on trails and beaches.

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220 Mason Manatee Way
St. Augustine, FL
United States
(904) 829-5132

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(904) 829-1635


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Prayer for Missions

God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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