Pastor BJ grew up in San Angelo, Texas, and graduated from Central HS and Angelo State University. He got his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Biology with a Secondary Teaching Certificate for the state of Texas and taught Junior High Science prior to going to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas, where he got his Masters of Divinity Degree.

BJ and Janet are blessed to have Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Joshua & Hannah Rutledge as their grown children (and spouses). They have four grandsons and a granddaughter: Barrett, Ben, Brock, Jack and Harper.

When asked about his favorite scriptures, he was hard pressed to name just one. He has so many that are favorites, but when asked to narrow it down to a few BJ said his favorites would be: Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NASB), Psalm 119:160 (NASB), Philippians 4:6-8 (NASB) and Romans 3:22 (NLT).

Currently BJ is Lead Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, Paradise, Texas. They are enjoying phenomenal success reaching thousands of people with the gospel. Some have called it, “The miracle in the cow pasture”.