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.