Rusty came to Grassland Heights Baptist Church as pastor in 2003. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and is a graduate of Carson-Newman College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Being a pastor, church history and yard work are his passions. One of his favorite Scripture passages is found in Isaiah 55:8-9, “ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Rusty is married to Laura, who leads our Women on Mission group, and he has 2 grown daughters, Jordan and Rian.