The Rev. LaRae J. Rutenbar has been ordained for thirty-seven years and has been canonically resident in the Diocese of Western Michigan since 1994. She officially began her career in Intentional Interim Ministry in 1994 under the supervision and encouragement of Bishop Edward Lee. Before this time, Mother LaRae worked as a hospital chaplain, long-term supply, and assistant to the rector. She has served in over fifteen congregations and seven different dioceses, assisting parishes in transition and trauma.
Mother LaRae was raised in Montana where she received a B.S. in Psychology from Rocky Mountain College. Her Masters in Divinity is from Virginia Theological Seminary, and she has completed numerous studies in conflict resolution, Interim Ministry, individual and parish communications, and stewardship. She is currently semi-retired, although continues to serve in parishes as they need help in transitions, conflict management, and clergy supply.
Mark, her husband, is also a retired Episcopal Priest having served as rector of St. Paul’s (Macon, GA), St. Luke’s (Kalamazoo, MI) and Church of the Holy Communion (Memphis, TN). Together they have two adult children. Michael was recently married in May to a wonderful young woman, Katie. They live in East Troy, WI, where Michael is an Environmental Education Specialist working with the YMCA Camp Edwards. Katie works for the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater as a student advisor to the School of Business. Their daughter, Libby, works for a large CPA firm in Denver, CO, and is finishing her advanced degree in Graphic Design. She also works part time for a veterinary office and enjoys hiking and climbing. She has recently completed her ascent to the 14,000 mark. The other member of the family is Abbey, a Bassett hound- Rottweiler mix of a dog. She often travels with Mother LaRae and believes the car is her home away from home!
Now that Mark and LaRae are serving less time in the church, they have time for some favorite pastimes: golf, bowling, hiking, fishing and traveling. Mark enjoys cooking and puttering around the house, and LaRae enjoys reading mysteries, creative projects and gardening. She is a collector and teller of stories.
Mother LaRae will be here for several Saturdays and Sundays in the month of September and is assisting the vestry as our parish continues to discern a call for the next rector of Grace.