Our Evangelist

Our Evangelist

"I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:  preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching."   2 Timothy 4:1-2

Landon Rutter

Getting to Know Landon 

  1. What’s your story? How did you come to this point in your Christian journey? 

Nearly 5 years ago, I was asked to preach twice a month at a congregation in Irvine, KY. I agreed to it, seeing that it could help me with my personal studies and I would be able to assist a congregation until they found a full-time evangelist. While I thought it would only be a temporary arrangement, it soon led to preaching at other congregations throughout the area. What I discovered is that I thoroughly enjoy studying, communicating God’s word, and building relationships with all different kinds of people.  

As time passed, I decided that I wanted to look for another secular job. I spent months researching and thinking about what direction I wanted to go in my career. I thought about another job in sales, or maybe something more closely related to my degree in public relations, but as different ideas popped into my mind, one idea consistently came to the forefront, and that was evangelism. Finally, after several weeks of prayer and reflection, I decided it was time to submit my name for the evangelist position at East End and follow the path that God had placed before me.  

  1. How do you view your role as an evangelist? What will be the focus of your ministry? 

I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the last couple of months in First and Second Timothy, and Titus. Every time I read those letters, I gain a new appreciation and reverence for the role that I am getting ready to take on. Being an evangelist requires careful examination and handling of scripture in order for God’s Word to be accurately communicated to those who are listening. Failure for me to do this can have serious spiritual consequences for both myself, and those who I am evangelizing to – this is something I do not take lightly.  

Another important aspect is the ability for me to not only teach scripture, but to teach all of us how to apply scripture. It’s important for all of us to continue increasing our biblical knowledge, but knowledge alone has no real power if we don’t know how to apply it. For example, In Acts 8, Phillip did more than just teach the Ethiopian some interesting facts about the scriptures, he went beyond that and taught him how to apply them. Because of that application, the Ethiopian was baptized and went on his way rejoicing.  

Lastly, as I become more seasoned as an evangelist I want to progressively become more and more focused on the Gospels and the book of Acts. At first glance, it may appear that by doing that we would be overlooking the other 61 books in the bible, but I would suggest that a focus on those 5 books would actually strengthen our understanding and appreciation for the other 61 books. All 61 of those books point to (or back to) the Gospels and the book of Acts, meaning that a thorough examination of those 5 books will naturally cause us to study and better understand the other portions of scripture. 

  1. What are you most excited about with regards to your work at East End? 

All of us should continually be searching, applying and growing in the scriptures. For me, this rate of growth has been fairly steady over the past several years, but I am really looking forward to just how much God will reveal to me when I’m able to devote 40+ hours a week studying and preparing messages from His word as opposed to 40+ hours a week in my secular job. I’m excited to take what is revealed to me and communicate it to saints and sinners alike, and letting God use me for His service however He sees fit.  

  1. Outside of preaching and being a husband and father, what do you do in your free time? 

Like most everyone around here, I am an avid UK basketball fan. During the season, you will find me in front of the TV or listening to Tom Leach on the radio. In the off season, I keep an eye on recruiting news and how the former Cats are doing in the NBA. 

I also enjoy golf (although I’m TERRIBLE), hiking, and I am quickly becoming a big fan of camping. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, so if it takes place outside, I probably like it. 

  1. What is your favorite scripture and what does it mean to you? 

Matthew 6:25-34 is a passage that provides an unbelievable level of peace in my life. It’s so easy for us to worry about possessions and circumstances that are out of our control that we simply lose sight of Him and become consumed with anxiety. One of the amazing promises of God is that He will provide for us if we are truly seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness. In other words, God takes care of those who are His, so there is truly no reason for us to be anxious about anything in this life.