Dr. Rutland is the Founder and Director of the National Institute of Christian Leadership. He is a New York Times Best Selling author, educator, charismatic leader, businessman and a nationally recognized figure in Christian higher education. He served as the President of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida from 1999-2009 and Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 2009-2013. Additionally, Dr. Rutland has served as Senior Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Orlando, Florida; and as an Associate Pastor at Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the Founder of Global Servants, a ministry in West Africa and Thailand. Global Servants started its work in West Africa in 1981 but operates primarily in Ghana. In 1988, Global Servants opened House of Grace Thailand. Located in Northern Thailand, House of Grace is a home for tribal girls at risk of being sold into sexual slavery. 

Dr. Rutland has been married to his wife Alison for more than 50 years now.

They reside in the greater Atlanta area.