Ryan Rust -
Pastor of Preaching and Teaching
I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, where I trusted in Christ at age 18 through the faithful leading of a close friend. I quickly began growing in my love for the Lord and His word. It was also during that time when I met my wife Andrea and we were married in 2012. We are now blessed with four children, Ezra, Eleanor, Emmet and Eric. Our family loves spending time together doing various activities and watching (just about) any sport.
In my mid 20's, I felt a call towards pastoral ministry and received my theological training from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I completed my Master of Divinity. I have been serving in pastoral ministry since 2016 and joined the pastoral staff of LCF in 2023. It's my great desire and life's aim to shepherd the people of God through the faithful preaching and teaching of His word.
Wescott Robinson -
Pastor of Discipleship and Equipping
The story of God’s grace in my life closely parallels the words Paul wrote to Timothy. In 2 Timothy 1:5 Paul says, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well”. I grew up learning the Scriptures and attending church with my mother and grandmother. Their love for the Lord Jesus and service to him left an indelible impression on me. Through the children’s and youth ministries in my church I came to see my sinfulness and need for salvation through Jesus’ death and resurrection. As a freshmen in high school I came to understand that faith in Christ was more then a one-time decision, it was a call to live under the Lordship of Jesus. Soon after I was baptized and have continued to grow in love for God and knowledge of his Word.
While having grown up believing in God, my personal walk with Jesus began during my junior year of high school through the ministry of Young Life. During my later college years, I was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ at Washington State University, and after graduating from college, became involved with Greater Olympia Young Life again as a volunteer leader for many years. It was during that time that a group of us from the Littlerock area got together to start Littlerock Community Fellowship.
My wife Esther and I met and were married after she had served many years on the mission field in Malaysia and elsewhere. We continue to be blessed by God's faithfulness and the work He is doing at LCF.
I'm Ryan, the Ryan with the least amount of hair. My wife, Megan and I have been married for 17 years and we have five children: Adelai, Eben, Asher, Brynton, and Justus.
I was raised in a christian home and grew to know the Bible stories well as a child, but, when I was at a boys' camp at the age of 9, Christ revealed himself to me in a very personal way and emphasized that his sacrifice on the cross was for me. I responded to his call that night and, a few months later, I publicly professed him as my Lord and Savior. Since that time, God has nurtured within me a growing and profound love and care for his people. As a teenager, with the support of my parents, our church leadership entrusted me with various responsibilities, including mentoring, children's and worship ministries. My parents also engaged us with other community activities such as sharing church at retirement homes and serving at homeless shelters. These experiences were formative in my understanding of how Christ's body can work together to further his kingdom.
Megan and I met at a college group at Calvary Chapel where we assisted with the church plant of Reality Olympia. After we married, we focused our attention on ministering at LCF where Megan's family had been involved since its founding.
My heart is that of a discipler and facilitator. I find great fulfillment learning what each of us does well and supporting the use of those gifts God has entrusted to us so that the body of Christ may be built up to reflect Him, become equipped for every good work, and share the hope of our salvation locally, regionally, and to the ends of the earth.
I love this church! We are so blessed with the teaching that comes straight from the Bible, the music portion of our worship, and the people who make up the body.
I came to know Christ as a child and attended First Baptist Church of Lacey for most of my childhood. In adulthood I attended Evergreen Christian Center, Cielo Vista Baptist Church in El Paso, Texas, and Tumwater Evangelical Free Church - now known as Hope Community Church. My lifetime Christian walk has had ups and downs, but with a clear overarching trajectory of continual sanctification by God. My family includes my wife Susan, sons Josh and Joe, and daughters Dori and Bethany. Our extended family began calling LCF our "church family" in 2001.
After completing the LCF Leadership Training Program, I was approached by leadership about possibly serving as an elder. This was a sobering moment for me. After much prayer, probing by the Holy Spirit, self-examination, and long meaningful conversations with my wife and the elders, I continue to sense a confirmation of Jesus' leading in the direction of eldership.
Elders shepherd, teach, oversee, lead, and care for the local church; the role and prerequisites of a church elder are described in Scripture (1 Timothy 5:7, Acts 20:17, 28-31, James 5:14, Acts 15:16, 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9). I am familiar with the references set forth in the Word and take them to heart.