Honos Ministerium Fides If anyone serveth me, he must follow me; and where
I am, there will my servant be also.
If anyone serveth me, the Father will honour him. (John
Holiness Rutherford I Ralphovich (Johnson) of Rome-Ruthenia is
Rome-Ruthenia, Papa-Catholicos of the Catholicate of Rome-Ruthenia, and
Supreme Pontiff of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church. He is
accomplished leader, educator, and clergyman with more than a
quarter-century of international diplomatic and executive experience.
By his office, the Bishop is the ceremonial head of thePontifical Walsingham Guard.The Archfather focuses on empowering others to build transformational
collaborations while improving the quality of lives. In his office,
is 266th in succession from St. Peter the Apostle as
Prince of the Romans and 74th Grand Duke of Ruthenia, 142nd in
Gallican-Antioch succession from St.
Peter, 169th in Greco-Russian succession from St. Andrew the
First-Called, 145th in Armenian succession from Saints Thaddeus and
Bartholomew, and 116th in Syrian-Antioch succession from St. Thomas
the Apostle. Although he neither controls nor seeks to control
political territory, the Church he leads is a sovereign state unto
As a seasoned chief executive and compassionate clergyman, His Holiness
is noted for his positive, metric-driven, people-centered approach that
leads teams to exceed expectations, and for his unique personal ability
to build donor relationships. For example, he regularly
mentors, and leads teams that provide invited expert policy advice to
the United Nations General Assembly and Economic and Social Council
regarding some of the most pressing humanitarian, economic,
sustainability, and social issues the world faces today. He
served as an Observer at a G20 Summit.
Throughout his service to others, Bishop Rutherford continues to
prioritize authentic diversity, equity, and inclusion, fostering a
sense of belonging for everyone. Characteristically versatile, he is
experienced in government, diplomatic, and academic settings, turning
challenges into opportunities.
Bishop Rutherford I as a child in the courtyard of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazarath.
Rutherford visits the Holy City of Jerusalem as a youth in the 1980s to walk in the footsteps of Christ.
The Rock of Calvary, where Christ was crucified, when
visited by Bishop Rutherford in the 1980s.
At the Armenian altar in the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem.
approach adapts to the circumstances and needs of the
organization and others to achieve maximum team effectiveness and
optimal benefit to stakeholders. His leadership has brought several
organizations to global prominence. As an educator, he works to bring
the best out of his students, preparing them for success beyond the
is also a behavioural scientist, specialising in behavioural and
psychological economics. His
diverse training and education includes degrees from Harvard
University Extension School, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the
University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, as well as from
Pontifical Georgian College, the principal seminary of the United
Roman-Ruthenian Church. Having lived and worked around the world, he
global outlook and a human focus.
Bishop Rutherford, then as a younger layman, with the Right Reverend Bishop James Pollard Clark, who started him in priestly formation. Bishop Clark was a graduate of Yale University and the University of the South. His diverse international group of friends and acquaintances included Franz, Duke of Bavaria, Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary, and Archduke Otto, Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary.
His Grace Bishop James Clark
A popular international speaker, consultant, and author, His Holiness’s
academic research interests include environmental and social
sustainability, behavioral economics, and the economics of culture and
religion. Bishop Rutherford is a retired high-altitude alpine
mountaineer and is a qualified mariner with additional certifications
in navigation and maritime search and rescue. H.H. is married
to Hanna Aleksandrovna.
Bishop Rutherford and Hanna
Some principal Apostolic
predecessors of Bishop Rutherford I.
L-R: Archbishop Aftimios (Russian Orthodox), Mar Julius
Patriarch Mar Ignatius Peter III of
Antioch, Metropolitan Alexander I (African Orthodox Church)
L-R: Bishop Edwin Caudill (Anglican Diocese of the Southwest),
Athanasius (Greek Melkite Catholic Church), Archbishop Carfora (Old
Roman Catholic Church),
Cardinal Barberini (Roman Catholic Church).
L-R: Patriarch Sergei of Moscow (Russian Orthodox),
Makariy of Moscow (Russian Orthodox), Mar Antonius Joseph I (Melkite
Cardinal Cardinal Arcoverde de
Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Roman
High-altitude mountaineering, and Sailing
Participating in the 2010 G20 Seoul
"If we define
ourselves by what we are
against rather than what we are for, then, when what we are against
disappears, we either cease to exist ourselves or must continually look
for something else to oppose to remain relevant. Define yourself by
what you are for, not by what you are against."
Bishop Rutherford I of Rome-Ruthenia