Rev. Rurel Ausley
Rev. Rurel R. Ausley, Jr., is a native of Geneva, Alabama, where he graduated from Geneva High School in 1972. He received Jesus Christ as his Savior at age 15 and felt God's call into the ministry at age 16. Rurel immediately began speaking in various churches by sharing his testimony, reporting on mission trips, and substituting for other pastors.
Rurel attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and received his B.A. degree in Sociology/Bible in 1976. During the summers of his college years, he served various churches as Summer Youth Minister and spent two summers in Youth Evangelism.
After serving a year as the Associate Pastor of the Eustis United Methodist Church in Eustis, Florida (1976-77), Rev. Ausley graduated with honors from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1980, receiving a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained an Elder in the Alabama West-Florida Conference in 1981, and has served churches throughout our Conference: Silas Charge (80-82); Associate Pastor, Aldersgate, Montgomery (82-85); Aldersgate, Molino, Florida (85-88); St. Paul, Gulf Breeze, Florida (88-94); and Clanton 1st UMC (94-98).
Rurel and his wife, Lisa, met at Asbury Seminary and were married in 1980. Lisa, a native of Great Bend, Kansas, is a graduate of Asbury College (77) with a B.S. in Secondary Education (English-Spanish) and a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary (80) with a Masters degree in Biblical Literature.
Lisa has been in ministry for over 25 years herself, having served as a youth minister, minister of senior adults, and as a missionary to Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Spain. In their evangelistic work together, Lisa is a Bible teacher and a resource person for retreats, seminars, and pulpit supply. She is also a free-lance writer, having been published in over a dozen Christian periodicals.
After being a Diaconal Minister in the United Methodist Church for 15 years, on May 26, 1997, Lisa became the first person in United Methodist history to be ordained to the new Order of Permanent Deacon. Permanent Deacons are seminary-trained for specialized ministry and her own area of specialization is teaching. She presently serves on the Board of Directors for OMS International, a mission-sending agency in the Wesleyan tradition.
The Ausleys have three adult sons: Matthew, Andrew, and Luke.