The Rev. Dalton Rushing serves as Senior Pastor (and Chief Troublemaker) at Decatur First United Methodist Church. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Dalton holds degrees from Memphis University School, Birmingham-Southern College, and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In addition to his service at Decatur First, Dalton 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, and a member of the board of directors of Decatur Cooperative Ministry. In 2019, he was elected as a delegate to the 2020 General Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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