Ron Ruthruff, associate professor of theology and culture, is also an ordained clergyperson providing pastoral care, training, and support for grassroots urban leaders serving youth and families in hard places around the world. His education is an eclectic blend of social work, counseling, and theological studies, including a doctor of ministry in complex urban settings degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also the author of The Least of These. He and his wife, Linda, live in south Seattle in the Rainier Valley, a multicultural neighborhood in the city. Ron and Linda’s mission is to equip individuals to lead lives of purpose, to empower faith communities to love their neighbors, and to engage communities in cross-cultural and global conversations.