Candace Rutledge

Candace Rutledge, Secretary

I was about 40 when I had my only child, a son, and 6 months later, my husband passed on.  I was then working for the State of Florida Construction Board where  I started as a receptionist, then worked in the licensing section processing the applications, then became a supervisor over the licensing, records dept. and exam sections. 

My husband was a procrastinator and after almost 2 years of marriage he still hadn’t changed his life insurance, so it went to his ex-wife.  I now had to take care of my son and provide for him financially.  I took a “leap of faith” and after working at the board for 12 years I quit and in 1997 I started my own sole proprietorship as a construction licensing consultant.  I could no longer afford the house payments and my home went into foreclosure and I moved to the Westside of Jacksonville, FL. That was when this little boy, Jarvis, came into my life; and it was here where I saw the youth, particularly the boys, getting into trouble with the law and my son was no exception.  One of my son’s friends killed himself because he didn’t want to go back to prison, others have been behind bars back and forth including my son, and others have been killed; young lives ended too soon as though they were tossed out, no one it seemed could help them get a footing; and they couldn’t see the possibility of having a different future; so, they had no hope.     

When Jarvis went to prison, I continued to pray for him, I visited him, and wrote letters     to encourage him with the Living Word.  It wasn’t long before the other inmates were seeking Jarvis for prayer and comfort; they were just boys really.  While Jarvis was incarcerated, I became inspired by what God was doing in his life.  I believed he would help change the lives of many young men.  I began to have great inspirations of establishing a place for young men to grow in Christ, to repurpose them to go on and help others do the same and those inspirations were along the same lines that Jarvis had.  So now here I am, the secretary of Saved By Grace Ministries, Inc. and I am honored to be a part of this organization and look forward to having a small part in the “repurposing” of young men to let them know that they are special in the sight of God, and to give them a new direction, new hope, and a new life.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”