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We would like to welcome you to visit St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Come check us out! We are a parish with a love for each other and a desire to share that love with others. It is our aspiration to be a Christ-centered parish that provides spiritual growth to her members and Christian service to the community. Our worship is from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

We hope you will join us at St. Andrew’s in our life together in the service of Jesus Christ.

“Digging Deep Wells So Others May Drink.”

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Our Rector

Father Scott Ruthven

Father Scott Ruthven


I was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico; so I’m a New Mexican.

Mary Jo and I met in England when I was stationed at RAF Mildenhal with the United States Air Force.  Her dad was a major stationed at RAF Lakenheath just a few miles down the road from my base. Mary Jo and I were married in the Church of England on July 14, 1979.  We have three adult children Leah (30), Aaron (25), and Caleb (20).

Mary Jo and I have been ministering with St. Andrew’s for the past 10 years.  Prior to coming to Las Cruces, I was called to Trinity, Tariffville, Connecticut to be the assistant priest for four wonderful years.  But I couldn’t get the Southwest out of my blood; so Mary Jo and I accepted the call to be the Rector of St. John’s, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

I have been an ordained priest for twenty-five years.  My call to the priesthood began when I was twelve years old.  It took twenty years, however, before I was ordained.  During that time God was preparing me with life experiences, education, and maturity.  My calling, as a priest, is to preside over the sacraments, preach the Word of God, and minister to God’s people; in addition, to serve my country as a Chaplain in the Air Force Reserves. My passion is to facilitate lay ministry; lay and clergy minister side–by–side.  Mary Jo and I have always emphasized that spiritual growth is the most important focus for a parish and congregational growth second. Spiritual health breeds congregational growth.  We are excited to continue serving St. Andrews as we move forward with the gospel in Las Cruces.


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