Tom Ruhkala is an ordained missionary pastor from the United States serving under Baptist Mid-Missions. Tom and Linda Ruhkala have three adult children who grew up in Finland but now reside in the States. Tom’s hometown is Tahoe City, California, and Linda is from Columbus, Montana. Their sending church is in Anchorage, Alaska.
Tom was working as a salmon biologist for the state of Alaska when he came to personal faith in Jesus Christ in 1973. He has graduated from the University of Wyoming and Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary.
Tom and Linda both have Finnish grandparents. A love for the Finnish people developed from their Finnish roots, and the Lord led them to serve in Finland.
The Ruhkalas have lived and ministered in Tampere since 1980.