Who We Are
Reaching Beyond Ourselves is a 501(c)-3 non-profit organization that is completely volunteer based. We are built on the vision, "We are not here to solve, we are here to serve." RBO was founded by Steve Rutenbar and Lisa Romesburg.
Our organization seeks to demonstrate and embody the Good News of God's love by working locally and internationally with displaced and suffering people.
We have 20+ years of experience working with refuge camps, IDPs (Internally Displaced People) camps, clinic work, shelters, prisons, and orphan care homes. Our service in the United States has been coast to coast and border to border.
Steve Rutenbar, the founder and director of Reaching Beyond Ourselves, ( a CA and IRS non-profit EIN #20-4040001 ) holds 27 years experience as Pastor of Relief at Saddleback Church (retired) and has taken over 5000 individuals on mission teams to 42 countries, including :
Vietnam, Belarus, Ukraine, Sudan, Lebanon, Haiti, Iraq, Japan, Somalia, Honduras, China, Cambodia, Philippines, Congo and Kenya.
He and his wife, Connie, have been married 42 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. Following his BA from Biola University and his MA from Wheaton College, Steve founded Laguna Pacific Corporation, manufacturing and retailing bedroom furniture for a decade, and was recognized as National Retailer of the Year by his national trade association.
Reaching Beyond Ourselves has served hundreds of thousands of displaced and suffering individuals worldwide affected by drought, disease, and famine.