Dalton Rushing serves as Pastor (and Chief Troublemaker) at Decatur First United Methodist Church and as the Senior Pastor of the Missional Partnership between Decatur First and North Decatur. For more on our exciting partnership between these two churches, visit

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Dalton holds degrees from Memphis University School, Birmingham-Southern College (BA in Political Science and Writing), and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Master of Divinity). In 2013, he was ordained as an elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves as an ordination candidacy mentor, an associate secretary of the annual conference, a teaching supervisor for the Contextual Education program at the Candler School of Theology, a member of the board of directors of Decatur Cooperative Ministry, and a reserve member of the North Georgia delegation to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Dalton’s wife Stacey is also an ordained elder, serving as pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in midtown Atlanta. They have two daughters, Emmaline and Annie, who keep them busy and happy. Dalton’s hobbies include gardening and writing, and he makes the best barbecue in all the world.