our ministry team

The worshipers at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church are its ministers,

the Ministry Team who assist them are:

Rusty was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1967. He was raised in Montgomery, AL. After attending Trinity Presbyterian school for twelve years (graduated in 1985), 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 the 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 (Cornerstone United Methodist) in the Auburn/ Opelika area and was there for 22 years. 

Rusty and Becky have been married since 1989. They have 3 grown boys – Michael, Wesley, and Will. They love to camp, bike, fish, go to “the Farm” in south Alabama…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 kept the church reaching out through creativity, innovation, change and new approaches to ministry.  

He and Becky are so excited to be starting a new chapter of life and ministry here at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church!


Julianna is an ordained deacon serving as the Associate pastor of Discipleship at GSUMC. She joined the GSUMC staff in 2002 as the youth director, a role she filled for 15 years before transitioning to the role of Associate Pastor. She earned both her B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from Auburn University before attending Asbury seminary and going into full-time ministry. Julianna is passionate about providing opportunities for spiritual formation for children, youth, and adults. She enjoys living near the beach with her husband and three children.


  • Jeff Jones

    Director of worship arts

    email JEFF@GULFSHORESUMC.ORG

    Phone  251.968.2411

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  • Laura Mixon

    Choral DIRECTOR

    emailLAURA@GULFSHORESUMC.ORG

    Phone  251.968.2411

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  • Josh Williams

    student ministry director

    emailJOSH@GULFSHORESUMC.ORG

    Phone  251.968.2411

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  • Cammie Boller

    Children's ministry director

    emailCAMMIE@GULFSHORESUMC.ORG

    Phone  251.201.7611

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  • amelia fletcher

    servant ministry DIRECTOR

    emailAMELIA@GULFSHORESUMC.ORG

    Phone  251.968.2549

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  • Lana crawford

    mother's day out director

    emailLANA@GULFSHORESUMC.ORG

    Phone  251.968.4328

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  • vicki etheridge

    finance ADMINISTRATOR

    emailVICKI@GULFSHORESUMC.ORG

    Phone  251.968.7610

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  • jo davis

    facilities DIRECTOR

    emailJO@GULFSHORESUMC.ORG

    Phone  251.968.2376

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  • william mixon

    organist/pianist

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  • Jim Webb

    Finance director

    emailJIM@GULFSHORESUMC.ORG

    Phone  251.968.3176

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  • DAN MCKEE

    CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

    email DAN@GULFSHORESUMC.ORG

    Phone  251.968.2197

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