Steve surrendered to Jesus as Lord on May 2nd, 1993 and married to his high school sweetheart, formerly
known as Lorie Midgley, on May 22nd, 1993. Lorie was the first person Steve shared the gospel with, and she
was saved the day after their wedding.
Steve and Lorie have four children:
Taylor (21) now married to Bobby Graham and attending Southeastern in Durant, OK. Expecting their first child
Briley (18) attends Carl Albert State College in Poteau, OK.
Jaxton (14) attends Shiloh. Roman (7) currently attends Shiloh at Pinnacle Hills.
Steve has worked directly under four hall of fame coaches and been apart of seven playoff runs, including four
semifinals and three state championships in 12 years of coaching, most recently at Fayetteville High School
where he coached defensive line for the 2016 season. Steve was also part of playoff runs at Ada HS (Ada, OK)
in 1993 and 1994, and Poteau HS (Poteau, OK) in 1992, 1996-1998.
Coach Rutledge was part of four successful rebuilding projects where new or losing schools were turned around
and are now perennial playoff contenders. These were at Denton HS (Denton, TX) in 1995, Memorial HS (Tulsa,
OK) in 1999, and as a head coach at Hilldale HS (Muskogee, OK) in 2000 and Wilburton HS (Wilburton, OK) in
2001 and 2002.
Coach Rutledge pursued a career in the business world from 2003 to 2012 and has now dived back into
education as part of a bigger spiritual purpose, "Partnering to help people become champions in whatever God
has made them passionate about."
Before joining Cross Church, Steve has served as an elder and pastor at Fuel Church in Poteau, Ok.
Years at SC:
East Central University
Southern Nazarene University
Poteau High School (OK)