In Memoriam: Dr. Ray Rust
Dr. Ray Rust, Executive Director-Treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention from 1982-1992, passed away on Friday, February 2 in Richardson, Texas. He was 92 at the time of his death.
Dr. Rust served the Convention from March 1, 1982 through February 29, 1992. Before coming to the SCBC he served as the president of Anderson College (now Anderson University) in Anderson, SC. He also served on the staff of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and was pastor of churches in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Born in Shreveport, LA., he was ordained into the ministry at the age of 18. He held two degrees from Louisiana College, including a doctor of divinity. He also earned a bachelor’s degree at New Orleans Seminary and was awarded a doctor of humanities degree from Furman University.
He served on numerous Southern Baptist boards and committees, including two terms as president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
Dr. Rust was well-respected and admired by SC Baptists. Carlisle Driggers, who served as Rust’s executive assistant for two years before succeeding him as SCBC executive director-treasurer in 1992, described him as a “steady, dependable, genuine Christian gentleman.” Driggers said Rust was a “thoughtful preacher who cared very deeply for people.” James Wright, former Chief Executive Officer and SCBC Retiree, said of Dr. Rust, “Dr. Rust was a dynamic leader and a wonderful mentor to me. He was a loving and caring person, who always had time to talk and visit and comfort. He was also called to be a Pastor, and he boldly proclaimed God’s word. He will certainly be missed, and I am thankful God blessed me with the opportunity to serve with Dr. Rust.”
Rust was preceded in death by his wife, Joy. He was also predeceased by his son, Larry. Survivors include his daughter, Jory, of Richardson, Texas, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held Feb. 9 in Dallas. Memorial gifts may be made to Anderson University.
The Baptist Courier contributed to this post.