In Vietnam 1968
I grew up in a blue collar family across the street from steel mill near Philadelphia. In retrospect, it's easy to see how lost, purposeless, and empty my life was. Not having any idea what I wanted to do, after graduation I entered the Army in 1967 and was sent to Vietnam for a year in 1968. From early in 1968 to late 1969 I got heavily involved in using and dealing drugs. Surprisingly, with just 8 months left in the Army, I was sent to Okinawa (God had a better idea!). Around Christmas of 1969 at age 21, I came to Christ through the witness of a good Army buddy, Robin. The picture to the right is me working on an Army truck 3 miles south of the demilitarized zone in South Vietnam in 1968.

Within months after coming to Jesus I ran into The Navigators, got into a Bible Study, and began to grow spiritually. My hunger to know Christ and make Him known was really intense. After my discharge from the military, I received extensive training in the military ministries of San Diego and Hawaii from 1970 to 1973. Later, I continued as a volunteer with the Navs at the University of Arizona graduating in Public Management. While in Tucson, I fell in love and married Janet in 1976.

After graduation, my wife and I joined the staff of The Navigators at the University of Washington in Seattle and later ministered for 3 years at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Sensing God’s call to the mission field, my wife, family and I moved to Spain in 1982 for 14 years and ministered in four different cities: Santiago de Compostela, Murcia, Leon, and Valladolid. Halfway through our time in Spain, I went through an identity crisis that is outlined in detail in my book. As I worked through the roots behind my struggle, I ended up studying for my Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling and opened a family counseling center in Leon, and later moved the center to Valladolid, Spain.

In 1996, my family and I moved to Colorado Springs where I began caring for Navigator staff and missionaries with the People Resources Team. In 1997, I began deliberately listening to God on a regular basis, and in 1998 began helping Navstaff and missionaries through the ministry of listening and healing prayer.

Inner-healing prayer has been transformational for me, both in the healing of my own wounds but also in my effectiveness in ministering to people all around the world. God has allowed me to take this ministry to Asia, Africa, Latin America and to cities across America ... to missionaries, churches, and other Christian works. A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer: Meeting God in the Broken Places is not theoretic but comes out of my personal experiences of seeing God bring help, hope, and healing in the context of my life and ministry over the last 16 years.

I moved to Colorado Springs in 1996 to work in Pastoral Care and Counseling with The Navigators. I also travel periodically to take Discipleship from the Inside Out to the field, churches, and ministries around the globe. I have five adult children ranging in age from 39 to 25.



  1. Rusty, I LOVE love love getting your newsletters and have your book and have shared copies with friends as led.
    Would you consider not using yellow for text colors as it doesn't show up well at all?
    Thank you for all you do to increase our intimacy with GOD. I appreciate you.

    Patty Brown
    Pelham, GA

  2. Patty, I'm excited that you've been blessed by God through my newsletters and the book God led me to write. I'll drop you an email about the use of "yellow." I'm glad these resources are helping to foster your intimacy with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It's like Paul said in 2 Corinthians 3:18: "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit."

    Thanks for your comment,

  3. Hi Rusty,

    I've been interested in God's desire for inner healing for many years. The title of your book caught my eye at a local Christian bookshop but I didn't spend long looking at it because I didn't recognise your name and I didn't like the paper the book was printed on!!
    Anyway, months later, the title caught my eye again when I was browsing ebooks. As I read the downloaded sample chapter and later the book, I realised that this was no average book. There's such a strong sense of God's presence through the pages of the book.
    Well done. What a goldmine amongst resources!
    Bless you.

    Kevin Choong
    Sydney, Australia

    1. Kevin,

      Thanks for your note. It's interesting how God got your attention through the ebook sample chapter. I am so glad you sensed a strong sense of God's presence within the pages of the book, and humbled that you consider it to be a goldmine among resources.

      Praising the One who does exceedingly abundantly beyond our wildest imagination,

  4. Hi Rusty,
    We met at an Navigator's seminar on emotional healing around 2002-03 at Colorado Springs. The other day I was trying to get a hold of you to ask you about the autobiographical little book of an American missionary to India that we read for that seminary, when I saw the preview of your book and downloaded the intro/first chapter. It's great and I hope I would read it one day complete. God has been directing me in the direction of listening prayer/meditation/contemplation, areas so alien to me in my previous years. I cannot share much about accomplishments and amazing experiences, but all I can tell you is that the thirst and hungry for the presence of the Lord is there somehow and I hope the Lord will sustain me to persevere in this search until the end. I just wanted to say hellow and, if you can, let me know about the book of this extraordinary woman that showed "The God that speaks" to countless of His children in India. God bless,
    Vicente Jaime
    San Antonio, TX

  5. Hi Vicente,
    Today I realized I neglected to answer your question. The thin white booklet is "God Guides" written by Mary Geegh. It is a book full of Mary's amazing experiences in being led by God via listening to Him. It is available on

  6. Dear Rusty,
    I started reading your book and immediately I saw i need inner healing as well as learning how to pray. However, I lost the copy I was reading and I would like to replace it as well as get my own. I live in Nairobi Kenya is there a way you can send some copies to the Navigators bookshop I really really am Looking forward to continue with the study and bring two my friends on board as well. Thank you Georgina.

    1. Georgina,

      I just talked to Connie Eckberg. She is about to send a package to Timm Njuguna. I'm going to take two copies of my book to her to put in the package. If you would talk to the Nairobi bookshop, perhaps there's a way I can keep them supplied. May God bless and heal you in your study of "A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer".

      In Christ, Rusty