Rev. Paul Rutgers
929 W. Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
Paul Rutgers has been the Executive Director of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago since 1998, having previously served as President of the Council.
Prior to assuming this position, Rutgers served from 1986 to 1998 as the Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Chicago, the regional governing body of the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.). He is now Chicago Presbytery’s Executive Presbyter Emeritus.
Rutgers is an ordained Presbyterian minister, serving in pastorates in New Jersey and New York prior to coming to Chicago.
He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Princeton Theological Seminary and has done graduate studies at Temple University Medical School and McCormick Theological Seminary. He has been active in community, civic and interfaith affairs throughout his ministry. Prior to coming to Chicago, he taught college courses in ethics and world religions. In May 2004, he presented a paper at the Turkish Journalists and Writers Association’s International Symposium: “Religion and Peace: In Light of Forefather Abraham.”
As Executive Director of the Council of Religious Leaders, he has played a leading role in organizing the faith community’s disaster and crisis response programs, and directed the interfaith community’s spiritual care response effort following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He recently was honored as a recipient of the City of Chicago’s Distinguished Interfaith Cooperation Award.
In 2008, Rutgers joined with Rev. Stanley Davis to serve as Co-Directors of the Council. Rev. Rutgers is married to Dr. Susan Peverly, the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago.