Rusty Hutson, Lead Pastor

Bio: Rusty was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1967. He was raised in Montgomery, AL from the age of 5. After attending Trinity Presbyterian school for twelve years, he went on to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where, in 1989, he received his BA in Fine Art. Upon graduation he went to work for Herff Jones yearbooks and then helped start new a sign business in Montgomery in the spring of 1990. For two years he struggled, believing this was not God’s calling for his life. Eventually he would discover God wanted his whole life and career completely devoted to Him, so through the counsel and guidance of his pastors at Frazer United Methodist Church he answered the call to ministry in 1992.

From 1992-1995 Rusty attended Asbury Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1994 and an Elder in 1998. He is a member of he Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference.

His First appointment after seminary was back to his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama and to First United Methodist Church. From 1996 until 1999 he served as an Associate Pastor in charge of evangelism, assimilation of new members, men’s ministry and confirmation. In August of 1999 he was appointed to start a new church in the Auburn/ Opelika area and has been there ever since.

Rusty and Becky have been married since 1989. They have 3 boys – Michael, Wesley, and Will. They love to camp, bike, go to “the Farm” in south Alabama, fish…basically anything that can be done outdoors! Rusty enjoys running, golf, hunting, fishing, and Auburn athletics of all kinds. Next to his love for his family and his Lord, Rusty’s passion is for reaching people with the love and grace of Jesus Christ. This passion has not only helped shape the mission and vision of Cornerstone, but has kept the church reaching out through creativity, innovation, change and new approaches to ministry.

Where are you from: I was born in Peoria, Illinois, May, 1967. After moving around and living in places like Caracas, Venezuela and Atlanta, Georgia, my family settled in Montgomery, Alabama when I was almost 5 years old. I consider Montgomery my hometown.

When did you join the Cornerstone staff: I was appointed by the Alabama-West Florida conference of the United Methodist Church to start this church in June of 1999.

Who do you look up to today: Well, first and foremost I look up to Jesus! While there are several people who have had a great influence on my life, I would say my dad is the primary person that has inspired me and shaped my life.

What is your greatest passion in life: My passion is also my calling and the mission statement of Cornerstone. It is to lead as many people to know and serve Jesus as I possibly can during my time on earth.

Why did God call you to serve on staff at Cornerstone: Because of a passion to reach people with the love and grace of Jesus Christ. For me being a Pastor of a local church is the best way to express this passion.