Rusty grew up in Oakman, AL, and attended Heritage Christian University for his BA in Bible. He also has earned a Masters in Ministry from Freed Hardeman University and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Mississippi College. He works at the University of Alabama and preaches for us part-time.
He spent 15 years as a youth minister in Tennessee and then began a career in higher education. He began working with us on May 25, 2014. He is married to Dana Pendley-Pettus who grew up in Lynn. Dana is a second-grade teacher at Haleyville Elementary. They have a three-year-old son, Jayden.
What are your favorite books of the Bible?
I love the narratives or story sections of the Bible. My favorites would be Genesis and Matthew.
How would you describe your preaching style?
I try to be conversational. My goal is to sound the same in the pulpit as I would if we were having a cup of coffee with each other. The lesson will focus on one main text as we explore how it can transform our lives.
What are your hobbies and interest?
I love football. My favorite teams are Alabama and the New England Patriots but I will watch anyone play. I also like photography, reading, Disney, and anything techy.