— Organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 2019 —
The foundation of the Pontifical Orthodox Old Catholic Apostolic See of Sts. Stephen and Mark
Papa Rutherford Johnson is the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Catholicos and shepherds the Apostolic See of Sts. Stephen and Mark. He is an accomplished leader, educator, and clergyman with more than a quarter-century of international diplomatic and executive experience. He focuses on empowering others to build transformational collaborations while improving the quality of lives. As a seasoned chief executive and compassionate clergyman, he is noted for his positive, metric-driven, people-centered approach that leads teams to exceed expectations, and for his unique personal ability to build donor relationships. For example, he regularly builds, mentors, and leads teams that provide invited expert policy advice to the United Nations General Assembly and Economic and Social Council regarding some of the most pressing humanitarian, economic, sustainability, and social issues the world faces today. He also served as an Observer at a G20 Summit.
His diverse training and education includes a PhD from the
University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, a Master of Liberal Arts degree
in the field of sustainability from the Harvard
University Extension School, Graduate Certificates in Corporate
Sustainability & Innovation, Social Justice, and Business
Communications also from the Harvard Extension School, a Certificate in
Sustainable Business Strategy from the Harvard Business School
a Master of Science and Bachelor of
Science degree in economics and physics respectiely from the Georgia
Institute of Technology, as well as an STD and JCD from
Pontifical Georgian College, the principal seminary of the Imperial
Roman Church. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal
Geographical Society. In 2022, Papa Rutherford received international
recognition for his university teaching work as a regional recipient of
the Teaching Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council for
Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
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