Ruston Pierce is a graduate of King College (now King University) in Bristol, TN. with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He also received a Master of Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from Liberty University. Ruston has more than 15 years of experience in education at various levels of teaching and administration from secondary to higher education.
Prior to his arrival at Mount Pisgah, Ruston most recently served as the Head of School for Concord Christian School in Knoxville, TN, leading their K-12 school, after-school/summer program, and full-time preschool daycare. Concord Christian is recognized as the fastest-growing private school in the city. During his tenure, the school completed a strategic marketing plan, successfully renewed dual accreditation, initiated a capital campaign, expanded marketing and social media plans while doubling enrollment to approximately 1,200 students across all divisions.
Before his time at Concord Christian, Ruston held many roles in Christian education including Director of Dual Enrollment at Bryan College and headmaster of Bryan's Rhea County Academy, Director of Development and Assistant Principal at Grace Baptist Academy, Dean of Student Affairs at Silverdale Baptist Academy and as a member of the YoungLife staff.
A native of Chattanooga, Ruston was active in sports and played football, baseball, and basketball at McCallie School.
Ruston dated his wife, Aimee, throughout high school and college. The couple has been married since 2001 and have four children. Aimee Pierce obtained a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in 2004 and served on the counseling ministry staff at First Baptist Concord in Knoxville, Tennessee.