From the start, Pastor Williams has worked closely with the Alpharetta Adventist Church, and was there for our first service on June 11, 2005. He officially became our Pastor in December 2006 when the Conference created a brand new, stand-alone district for Alpharetta and the All Nations church in Norcross. Both churches experienced growth, and in June of 2016 Rusty Williams became the full-time Pastor of the Alpharetta Adventist Church.
Pastor Williams brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and energy to our young church, and helps us move forward as we work with God to build this church family in Alpharetta. We feel very blessed to have him!
Following his conversion, Rusty Williams returned to school at Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists graduating Cum Laude in 1993 with a B.A. in Religion Ministerial and a minor in Biblical Languages. While at Southern he received the ‘Excellence in Biblical Greek award’. Rusty continued his education at Andrews University Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity in 1995.
Upon completion of his education, Rusty pastored for 11 years in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference, prior to his coming to the Alpharetta & All Nations Churches in 2006. One of his passions is participating in short term mission projects, which have taken him to Russia, India and Tanzania. Rusty enjoys model rocketry, muscle cars, home repairs, climbing lighthouses, and hiking to waterfalls.
The year 1889 was quite eventful with the official opening of the Eiffel Tower, the George Washington Bridge, and the first U.S. golf course. The Wall Street Journal began publishing, the dishwashing machine was marketed, and the first computer patented. Montana, Washington, North and South Dakota became states. But to the members of the Alpharetta Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1889 is known only as the year the first Adventist church in Alpharetta was organized.
In 2004, a group of just seven people stepped out in faith to establish an Adventist church in the Alpharetta area. They did not learn of the early church until later that year, but knew at once their presence was divine providence. Meeting in each other’s homes for awhile, they realized they could not grow without an official meeting place, so they rented a facility, and the first organized service took place June 11, 2005 with approximately 180 people in attendance. That day’s offerings exceeded rent for the entire month.
We don’t know why the first church and school disbanded—perhaps the Great Depression played a part. But we know Alpharetta and its surrounding towns still need our message of hope and love in this crucial time in history. As one of our favorite hymns proclaims:
“…We believe the time is here, when the nations far and near shall awake, and shout and sing Hallelujah! Christ is King! We have this hope that burns within our hearts, Hope in the coming of the Lord.”