Ron Rude

Ron Rude is Lutheran campus pastor (ELCA) at the University of Arizona (, and author of the award-winning book, Abel Emerging: A Reconsideration of the Christian Story for a Sustainable World (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2010). He is married to Nancy, and they have two grown daughters, Angela and Jen.

His interests include hiking, world travel (in England, Israel, Palestinian West Bank, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nepal, Turkey, Greece, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Germany), playing music, giving haircuts to homeless men at a local soup kitchen, and researching American history through the lives of the U.S. presidents.

He has taught courses at Holden Village (, the University of Arizona’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (, and has led retreats and workshops in congregations and at conferences.

Ron earned his higher education from Gustavus Adolphus College (BA) and Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary (M.Div). An ordained ELCA Lutheran pastor for over 30 years, he has served congregations in Isle, MN (Faith), Norwood, MN (All Saints), Buffalo, NY (St. John), and Denver, CO (Prince of Peace), until becoming a campus pastor at the University of Arizona in 2001. If not a pastor, Ron would have liked to be a history professor, a barber, or a rock-n-roll drummer.

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