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In Memoriam: CEM Founder, NRB Board Member Ruth Luttrell

Ruth LuttellNRB Board Member Ruth Tidik Luttrell, who served the Lord faithfully in missionary radio service for more than 60 years, passed away over the weekend at the age of 87. 

Luttrell was known as “Mama” Ruth to many for her loving missionary work in the Caribbean, which spanned many decades and different countries. Together with her husband, the late Dr. Donald D. Luttrell, she founded Calvary Evangelistic Mission, Inc., (CEM) which today encompasses the Bible Correspondence School of the Caribbean and The Rock Radio Network (WBMJ AM-1190 San Juan, WIVV AM 1370 Vieques, WCGB AM 1060 Juana Díaz).

During the first 11 years that she and her husband lived on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island, Luttrell helped manage the government outpatient clinic while her husband traveled with Youth for Christ International. As a representative of Child Evangelism Fellowship International, she organized and taught child evangelism classes to leaders for several years on three islands. She served at CEM’s Servicemen’s Center and with her husband in the civilian chaplaincy at Camp Garcia for nine years, and taught in CEM’s Elementary School.

Through the years, other services to the CEM included serving as Secretary-Treasurer and Secretary of its Board of Directors, as CEM’s Administrator and Manager, Radio Programming Director, Editor of National Leaders materials and BCS lessons, and Building Complex Manager. As Co-Founder, Luttrell filled the position of CEO and President after the passing of her husband in May 1987.

In October 1987, Luttrell was appointed to fill her late husband’s term on NRB’s Board of Directors, and was subsequently re-elected. She participated in the annual NRB Convention since 1968.

The Luttrells have received awards for service in Christian ministry, missionary radio, social and civic work from various organizations and governments. She is included in her husband’s listing in Who’s Who in America, and individually in Who’s Who of American Women. In 2006, NRB honored Luttrell with its Milestone Award for demonstrating exemplary service in Christian communications for more than five decades.

In addition, Luttrell was the women’s Prayer Chairman for the International Congress on World Evangelization in Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles Islands, and for years was the area representative and a consultant for Christian Women’s Clubs. 

According to her organization, Luttrell’s greatest desire was to bring honor and glory to Almighty God as His faithful servant, ministering to mankind.

Published: March 20, 2014

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