Rudy Gonzalez was born in Chicago, Illinois, in April, 1953. He was raised in Monterrey, Mexico. However, at the age of nine the family returned to live in San Antonio, Texas.
In his youth his mother attended the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall and that was Rudy’s first real introduction to religion. In 1973, however, a friend who had recently been converted to faith in Jesus witnessed to Rudy, and he was saved that Tuesday night in April. Rudy made his profession of faith public that following Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Spanish Department in San Antonio.
Rudy married Virginia Ramirez that following November and felt called to ministry in the fall of 1974. He pastored his first church in Hobbs, New Mexico in 1975. Not long after, he was encouraged to seek ministerial training and so he moved to Dallas where he attended the Criswell Bible College, a small college that had recently been founded to equip pastors for effective ministry. Rudy had no expectation for anything other than to learn how to “marry, bury and baptize people” as he tells it, but his studies at Criswell College sparked an interest in deepening his theological understanding. With the help of his wife and the encouragement of his professors and school president, Rudy continued his studies eventually earning his doctorate in New Testament.
Over the years, God has opened the door for Dr. Gonzalez to travel, to teach and to preach in numerous locations both at home and abroad. He is thoroughly comfortable in both English and Spanish, having published in both languages. He is currently the Director of the William R. Marshall Center for Theological Studies, an extension campus of Southwestern in South Texas.