Mary Rutkoski Bio



When Mary Rutkoski’s husband, Thomas, died, on June 7, 2011, she automatically became the president and CEO of two nonprofit organizations he had founded – Gospa Missions and Abode for Children.


This turn of events was completely in God’s hands. Never could Mary ever imagine spending her life in this role. But she has learned that God does not require our permission when He chooses to act.


Even though she had attended Catholic schools throughout her life, she stopped going to Mass after college graduation. At the age of 21, while in an early career job with Carlow University, her alma mater--then called Mount Mercy College, she met the man who would change her life forever, Tom Rutkoski.


Tom and Mary were married in 1972, in a Baptist church by a Protestant radio evangelist. And they lived without God in their lives for eighteen years. This changed one day in August, 1987, when Tom heard God speaking to him. Nothing would ever be the same. Tom experienced a dramatic conversion, and Mary was not happy with his sudden transformation. She struggled and was frustrated and resentful at this big change in their lives.


It took Tom eight years of praying and fasting for God to soften her heart, but He did it. In those eight years Tom had become a noted evangelist traveling all over the world to share his amazing conversion story. Eventually Mary went everywhere with him, gradually transforming through God’s grace and living a story that would challenge the credulity of any sane person.


But she wouldn’t change a minute of it.  She’ll tell you why.