Rev. Bill Rutherford: “Faith and civic leadership”

What does a Baptist minister and a former Wall Street guy have to say to the Unitarians? A lot!!! Bill Rutherford comes from a prominent Civil Rights family and has given his life to the struggle. He’s an inspiring speaker and major figure in Essex County progressive politics. Please join us as we welcome our good friend, Rev Bill Rutherford on February 11th at 4PM at 35 Cleveland Street, Orange, NJ. If you can’t make it in person, register for a Zoom link here.


Reverend Rutherford’s professional background includes work for Chase Manhattan Bank, Salomon Smith Barney, and more recently Wells Fargo Advisors. A 20+ year veteran of Wall Street, Bill has worked as a Trader, Financial Advisor, and for thirteen years ran a Registered Investment Advisory firm, Omega Financial Network, which he founded in 2000. 

In 2002 Bill was licensed as a Baptist Minister and became Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Orange, NJ in 2012. As Pastor Bill has increased the community service of the church to include; expanded food distribution through the food pantry and soup kitchen, a weekly job fair that has placed more than 3000 people in employment since 2017, provision of annual scholarships and support for students studying abroad, incubated two non-profits, offered a free weekly math tutoring program, a court ordered diversionary community service program that has helped more than 100 individuals avoid jail time, among many other things.  He has received many awards and honors for his commitment to education, community service, and religious work. He looks forward to continuing his service as the next Councilperson-at-large in the Township of West Orange. 

While basketball, running, and bicycle riding are some of his passions, his greatest is serving people.  Whether in his role as Financial Advisor, Pastor, and now Councilman, Bill has a heart for people.  His work has always been, both personally and professionally, in the service of others.    

“And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NKJV).

Upcoming Faith+Works Services

March 10th   4PM: Dr. Khemani Gibson, Professor 

April 14th   4PM: Dr. Kathy Kremins and Ysabel Gonsalez, poets

April 24th   6PM: Community Seder

May 12th   9AM: Flower Communion

June 9th   4PM: Darcy Hall, educator