Oral Roberts University President Mark Rutland Receives Defender of Israel Award
Oral Roberts University President Mark Rutland was given the Defender of Israel Award during a chapel service on the ORU campus. The award was presented by Richard A. Hellman, founder and president of the Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign, otherwise known as CIPAC. CIPAC is the only lobby registered with the United States Congress that supports the biblical position of Israel as the homeland of the Jews.
The award recognizes Rutland’s many contributions towards strengthening the relationship between the United States of America and Israel. He has led 29 tours of Israel through Global Servants, the worldwide, nonprofit missions and ministry organization he founded. During his time at Oral Roberts University, Rutland continued his support by speaking at the annual Night to Honor Israel event held at Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Okla.
“I am humbled to receive this Defender of Israel Award,” said Rutland. “I have great respect for Richard Hellman and the work that he and CIPAC are doing for the Kingdom of God and the relationship between the United States of America and Israel. It has been a privilege to see God working in the hearts of our national leaders through the efforts of this organization.”
Rutland is currently serving as the third President of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a distinguished author, educator, charismatic leader, businessman and a nationally recognized figure in Christian higher education. He founded and serves as the current president of Global Servants and previously served as the President of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.