John and Cathy met at Geneva College in Pennsylvania and later married. As time passed, they became interested in the spread of the gospel in other lands through various missionaries who visited their church.
The Rugs have served as church planters in Chile since 1986. Currently, they are working with the Viña del Mar church-planting effort applying the gospel to some of Chile's "disposable" peoples, including the blind. In order to facilitate a church-planting movement that includes this largely overlooked group of people, the Rugs minister to them, their relatives, and friends through a resource center for the disabled (the CEMIPRE project #90831), in cooperation with the church-planting effort in Viña del Mar. This project enables the church to be more effective in crossing special needs barriers with the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2007, the Rugs had the privilege of initiating a new church plant, Iglesia Gracia y Paz, at CEMIPRE as a result of interest shown by the blind and their sighted friends, families, and others.
Cathy helps behind the scenes, leads the music ministry at church, and disciples women. John is also MTW’s country director in Chile.