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 12:26)
His Holiness Papa Rutherford I of Rome-Ruthenia is the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine
Supreme Pontiff of the Imperial Roman Church. He is an
accomplished leader, educator, and clergyman with more than a
quarter-century of international diplomatic and executive experience.
The Archfather focuses on empowering others to build transformational
collaborations while improving the quality of lives. The
Papa-Catholicos is 266th in succession from St. Peter the Apostle as
Prince of the Romans, 74th Grand Duke of Ruthenia, 142nd in
Gallican-Antioch succession from St.
Peter, 169th in Greco-Russian succession from St. Andrew the
First-Called, and 116th in Syrian-Antioch succession from St. Thomas
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, the Papa-Catholicos 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.
Pp. Rutherford’s 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
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 Imperial
Roman Church. Having lived and worked around the world, he maintains a
global outlook and a human focus.
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. The Papa-Catholicos is a retired high-altitude alpine
mountaineer and is a qualified mariner with additional certifications
in navigation and maritime search and rescue.
Equestrian, High-altitude mountaineering, and Sailing
The Papa-Catholicos in pontifical choral habit.
"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."