believes, has been affected by, and is confident in the power found in
News of Jesus Christ. This is the
message presented in his life, testimony, and music.
He started following the
Lord in 1972 and
experienced for himself the life/attitude changing power of Jesus.
teaching the Word at The House of Prayer
- an inner-city Christian commune in Detroit founded by George W.
Bogle - in
1974. The ministry consisted of mostly
young people and was formed in the midst of the turmoil of the late 60s. Rufus considered this one of the greatest
experiences of his life. Around that
same time, he was the principal writer and leader of the band – Jubal. He sang and played guitar with the group in
the late 70s and 80s and toured throughout the Midwest and East coast sharing
News. In the late 80s Rufus became
of the leaders at Gary Wilkerson’s Church
in the City ministry. Rufus often
referred to it as “a ministry that preached a non-compromising Gospel
In 1988 he
published his first book. He felt that
the principle doctrines of Christ were either being overemphasized or
underemphasized by the church and knew that for Christian growth and
occur, there needed to be a balance. So
he published Milk of the Word. The
book focused on the importance of having
a balanced foundation for spiritual growth.
In 1999, he
started his solo music ministry and over a period of 10 years released
independent albums. His freshman
self-titled release (1999) focused on the relationship the Believer can
and his sophomore release (2003) – How Do You
Read It? -addressed the state of the Western church.
The third was a Christmas
album entitled Come and Listen: Songs of the Savior (2006).
He currently works on an acoustic (rufus
unplugged) project and an untitled 5th project.
co-founded and became executive director of a non-profit organization
called the CAMP in 2002. The
CAMP – Christian Artists and Musicians Project was designed to
independent Christian artists and train them for institutional ministry. He soon became known as a man with a
no-nonsense approach to the Word and a unique ability to appeal to a
audience in message and music.
continues to touch many with his music and message.
In addition to sharing his
music, serving as
executive director of the CAMP, and
serving as pastor of the Bridge. He is the husband of wife –
Denise, father of
daughters – Naomi and Simone and the grandfather of Ariel and Autumn.