V. Rev. David & Rozanne Rucker 

Fr. Dabid Rucker and Mat. RoZanne
Fr.  David and Mt  Rozanne Rucker

Father David was born in Kentucky, the fourth- generation son of Methodist ministers and missionaries. He attended Asbury College in Kentucky earning a BA in Christian Education and Missions. During a summer spent doing missionary work in Colombia, SA, he met Rozanne, the daughter of missionaries to Brazil. They were married and entered into career missionary service with a Protestant organization which specialized in planting churches and seminaries around the world.

Their thirteen years of Protestant missionary service would take them to Japan and China. During that time Fr. David also completed his Master of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary.

It was while serving in China that the Ruckers began to learn about the Orthodox Church. Fr. David was involved in theological education of Chinese church leaders. In Father’s own words, “They were asking questions we never asked as Protestants, and I was not satisfied with my answers.” Fr. David and Rozanne turned to Orthodox history and doctrine to help the Chinese make the Gospel truly “good news.” What began as academic research ended up leading them into life-giving relationships in the Orthodox Church; "We discovered a gold-mine largely untapped for the Chinese people. To our surprise, the Orthodox Church not only made the Gospel truly ‘good news’ for the Chinese—it transformed it into ‘good news’ for us. We discovered fullness historically and theologically, and a community where we could begin to live what we truly believed. We found the Church."

They returned to Kentucky from China in 1993 for Fr. David’s doctoral studies in Missiology while Rozanne completed a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Kentucky. They were Chrismated in the Evangelical Orthodox Church in 1995 and planted a mission parish in Nicholasville, KY, which was received into the Orthodox Church in America in February 2002. Fr. David was ordained to the Priesthood that year. The Ruckers continued serving the parish they founded until December 2006, when Fr. David was asked to be the Associate Director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center in St. Augustine, FL. In 2013 the Ruckers became Mission Specialists, participating in the training of clergy for 40,000 new Orthodox Christians in 100 churches in Guatemala and Mexico, while Fr. David did doctoral work at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. In 2015 they joined the faculty of St. Herman Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska, where Fr. David taught and served as Administrative Dean. In 2019 the Ruckers returned to St. Augustine, retiring from OCMC but not from ministry.

They invest themselves in parish ministry, small group ministry, and pastoral care, accepting a limited number of ministry invitations annually.They returned to Kentucky from China in 1993 for Fr. David’s doctoral studies in Missiology while Rozanne completed a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Kentucky. They were Chrismated in the Evangelical Orthodox Church in 1995 and planted a mission parish in Nicholasville, KY, which was received into the Orthodox Church in America in February 2002. Fr. David was ordained to the Priesthood that year. The Ruckers continued serving the parish they founded until December 2006, when Fr. David was asked to be the Associate Director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center in St. Augustine, FL. In 2013 the Ruckers became Mission Specialists, participating in the training of clergy for 40,000 new Orthodox Christians in 100 churches in Guatemala and Mexico, while Fr. David did doctoral work at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. In 2015 they joined the faculty of St. Herman Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska, where Fr. David taught and served as Administrative Dean. In 2019 the Ruckers returned to St. Augustine, retiring from OCMC but not from ministry. They invest themselves in parish ministry, small group ministry, and pastoral care, accepting a limited number of ministry invitations annually.