The. Rev. James (Jim) Rudy
Founder of Computer Ministry, Inc.
Jim’s education started in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he attended Lower Paxton High School. He dropped out of high school to join the Air Force in 1954. There he realized that he needed a high school diploma and soon earned his GED. He continued his education through courses offered in the Air Force and retired with 20 years of service. In the civilian work force he started with Electronic Data Systems, moved through several jobs and businesses that he started. Along life’s way, Jim received the Boy Scouts of America District award for merit from the Peninsula Council in Hampton, Virginia, as well as a USAF Commendation and the Civil Air Patrol Meritorious Service Medal.
Following his heart and an emerging vision, Jim changed directions and applied for public ministry through Fishing Creek Salem United Methodist Church. He was approved, entered Community College and simultaneously began his course of study at Wesley Seminary.
In Jim, God brought together a desire for ministry, skills in computer technology and a heart to help others at a time when the Church was communicating digitally but leaving smaller congregations behind. Many of those smaller congregations could not afford computer technology or the resources to train folks to use them. Jim’s call became clear. The Rudy garage became a workshop to recondition old computers for use in the congregations. The work soon outgrew the garage! Jim and a few volunteers moved their work to Mission Central, Mechanicsburg, and expanded their services.
The Foundation is Laid
Tuesday, April 4, 2006, was a day the right question was asked to the right people.
Bishop Jane Middleton, selected Cabinet members, and representatives of Mission
Central met with Pastor Jim Rudy and Bob Shreiner to discuss the future of the
Computer Ministry. “Should the ministry continue?” A resounding and unanimous “Yes” wove this work into the fabric of Christian outreach.
Just 120 days later, On August 4, the “Dream Became Reality.” Computer Ministry,
Inc. was incorporated as a religious non-profit business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with James Rudy, Executive Director, and Robert Shreiner, President.
The Dream Continues
Today, it is a joy to imagine the impact of this dream. More than 14,000 computer systems have been donated in the USA and around the world. More than one hundred of those systems are changing the lives of thousands in Tanzania alone. There, Tumaini University, Mbeya Center (SHUCo), named its ICT Lab Building in recognition of Pastor Rudy’s dream and work.
Sadly, Jim passed away on August 11, 2012 at the age of 75. Computer Ministry has created a Scholarship Fund to honor The Rev. James (Jim) Rudy and to encourage others to carry his dream forward through education and service.