About Support Tory Ruark

Chief Operations Officer and Short-Term Mission Coach

Tory went on his first STM trip as a freshman in college and it turned his world upside down. God put lots of great people around him to process the experience and disciple him and, thus, developed a passion to disciple others through the life-changing experience of going on a mission trip.

Tory began working as an STM Coach with DELTA Ministries in 2004 and became COO of Standards of Excellence (SOE) in 2016. He’s served in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, Haiti, Zimbabwe, and Italy and mobilized teams to many other countries. Tory’s Master of Divinity from Western Seminary mixed with practical experience in the STM world as a team leader, mobilizer, trainer, and pastor allows him to bring insight that’s both biblical and practical. Over the years, he has worked with churches from all over the United States, spearheaded organizational partnerships, and coordinated DELTA’s response to the earthquake in Haiti that mobilized hundreds of short-term workers over three years.

Tory is married to Judy and they have five children: Lucas, Hannah, Malayna, Tyson, and Lucy. 

Fun Facts: I love power naps—I can set my alarm for 5 minutes, fall asleep, have a dream, wake up and think “yes, 2 more minutes!” and then fall back asleep. Also, I once saw Julianne Hough at the airport ticket counter at my gate and made up a reason to go ask a question so I could meet her. As I was talking to her, I admitted I didn’t watch her show anymore. Celebrity sighting fail…