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The History of Global Servants


Over 30 years of proving God’s love worldwide

Global Servants was founded by Dr. Mark Rutland in 1977 as a worldwide, nonprofit missions and ministry organization. He started this ministry with the desire to see lives changed by the power and truth of God’s Word. For more than a quarter of a century, the men and women of Global Servants have risen to the call and gone into the world to preach the good news and spread the love of God.

Dr. Mark Rutland’s first trip to Ghana in 1981 began a ministry in West Africa that has had a lasting impact on the people there through village evangelism, church plants, and humanitarian aid. Dr. Rutland’s son, Travis Rutland, is now the International Director in West Africa.

In 1988, Global Servants opened House of Grace in Thailand, a rescue home for girls in danger of being bought and sold into prostitution. Through House of Grace Thailand, hundreds of little girls have found the opportunity to study and know Jesus and grow into skilled, educated women of God. In 2012, a second House of Grace was opened in Ghana. In its 25 years of operation, the mission of House of Grace has remained the same: “Saving little girls for big destinies.”

Emily Leatherbarrow, Dr. Rutland’s daughter, now serves as the Director of both House of Grace Thailand and House of Grace Ghana. For information on House of Grace Thailand click here. For information on House of Grace Ghana click here.

Global Servants has reached thousands of people worldwide through crusades, seminars, camps, books, tapes, local evangelism projects, church planting, and leadership training. Over the last three decades, Global Servants has grown into a worldwide missions and evangelism organization with ongoing work in Thailand and Ghana. In the United States, Global Servants has an active media ministry with Dr. Rutland’s books, audio, and DVD messages.

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Did You Know?

  • Global Servants has planted and built more than 100 churches and two Bible institutes in six countries.
  • Dr. Mark Rutland has preached more than 350 times a year for the last twenty years, and since 1979, over 20,000 couples have attended the Couples Conference.
  • Jutiporn Muelae, the present Home Director for House of Grace in Thailand, was one of the original 12 girls rescued when the home opened in 1987.
  • In the 21 years that Dr. Rutland’s “Sermon of the Week” has been available, over 100,000 sermons have been mailed out.
  • Starting in 1984, “Youth Advance” ran for over 18 years and during that time, over 7,000 teenagers attended.
  • Dr. Rutland’s first book, “Launch Out Into the Deep” was published in 1987, and today, 12 books and over 100,000 copies have been published.