His Holiness Papa Rutherford I  is the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Catholicos and Supreme Pontiff of the Imperial Roman Church. He is an accomplished leader, educator, and clergyman with more than a quarter-century of international diplomatic and executive experience. The Archfather focuses on empowering others to build transformational collaborations while improving the quality of lives. The Papa-Catholicos is 266th in succession from St. Peter the Apostle as Prince of the Romans, 74th Grand Duke of Ruthenia, 142nd in Gallican-Antioch succession from St. Peter, 169th in Greco-Russian succession from St. Andrew the First-Called, and 116th in Syrian-Antioch succession from St. Thomas the Apostle.

  As a seasoned chief executive and compassionate clergyman, His Holiness is noted for his positive, metric-driven, people-centered approach that leads teams to exceed expectations, and for his unique personal ability to build donor relationships. For example, he regularly builds, mentors, and leads teams that provide invited expert policy advice to the United Nations General Assembly and Economic and Social Council regarding some of the most pressing humanitarian, economic, sustainability, and social issues the world faces today. He also served as an Observer at a G20 Summit.

  Throughout his service to others, the Papa-Catholicos continues to prioritize authentic diversity, equity, and inclusion, fostering a sense of belonging for everyone. Characteristically versatile, he is experienced in government, diplomatic, and academic settings, turning challenges into opportunities.

  Pp. Rutherford’s approach adapts to the circumstances and needs of the organization and others to achieve maximum team effectiveness and optimal benefit to stakeholders. His leadership has brought several organizations to global prominence. As an educator, he works to bring the best out of his students, preparing them for success beyond the classroom.

  His diverse training and education includes degrees from Harvard University Extension School, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, as well as from Pontifical Georgian College, the principal seminary of the Imperial Roman Church. Having lived and worked around the world, he maintains a global outlook and a human focus.

  A popular international speaker, consultant, and author, His Holiness’s academic research interests include environmental and social sustainability, behavioral economics, and the economics of culture and religion. The Papa-Catholicos is a retired high-altitude alpine mountaineer and is a qualified mariner with additional certifications in navigation and maritime search and rescue.


The Papa-Catholicos in ordinary habit with the
insignia of the orders of chivalry of the modern
Pontifical Roman State.

The Papa-Catholicos and Grand Duchess of Rome-Ruthenia

The Papa-Catholicos in pontifical choral habit.


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The Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Catholicate is an ecclesiastical sovereignty by right of Rome with an independent government and is part of the Imperial Roman Church. Its members are known as Pontifical Orthodox, Old Roman Catholic, or Old Catholic. The affiliated Anglican Patriarchate (Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church) is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Additionally, we descend from the See of Utrecht, which was granted autonomy in 1145 by Pope Eugene III and confirmed in 1520 by Pope St. Leo X in the Bull Debitum Pastoralis, this right becoming known as the Leonine Privilege. As the sole successor of Pope St. Leo X and temporal successor of St. Peter the Apostle in Italy and Britain, the Patriarchate and Catholicate are fully Catholic and hold the same canonical authority as the Roman Communion (Vatican). The Patriarchate and Catholicate are the ecclesiastical successor to temporal Rome, the temporal patrimony of the Roman Empire claimed historically by right of the papacy. The succession passed to the Patriarchate after Benedict XVI by right of Rome and Florence, with the Papa-Catholics, Prince, and Anglican Patriarch of Rome with papal authority as temporal successor of St. Peter, and the Pope-Bishop of Rome as spiritual successor of St. Peter and de facto sovereign of the Vatican City-State. Although administratively independent, the See embraces as brethren other Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican bodies, such as the current Roman Communion (commonly referred to as the Roman Catholic Church), the Anglican Ordinariate, the Anglican Communion, and the Eastern Churches. The Imperial Roman Church is defined as the Anglican Patriarchate and the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Catholicate, and the churches of all Bishops recognised by the Patriarchate. The governments of the modern republics of Italy, German, France, Switzerland, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and the United States, and of the modern kingdoms of Great Britain and Spain, as well as the European Union and all other civil states, are not affiliated with the Stato Pontificio government in exile.