Our Staff

Rusty Trotter


Rusty came to Grassland Heights Baptist Church as pastor in 2003.  He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and is a graduate of Carson-Newman College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Being a pastor, church history and yard work are his passions.  One of his favorite Scripture passages is found in Isaiah 55:8-9, “  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  Rusty is married to Laura, who leads our Women on Mission group, and he has 2 grown daughters, Jordan and Rian.

Mike & Carol Puckett

Pastor, Education & Administration

Mike and Carol have served Grassland Heights Baptist Church in various roles since 1988.  Mike is currently serving as Pastor of Education & Administration. Carol serves as part-time church secretary. Mike and Carol serve on the grounded fellowship leadership team.

Rick Bennett

Children's Pastor

Rick and his wife Gina have served in Children’s ministries for several years. They enjoy working with children and seeing them mature in grace, love and building stronger relationships with their parents. Their goal is to assist parents in raising kids that come to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Their favorite part of the ministry is seeing kids do something for the first time – singing a solo, cooking a smore, going bowling and accepting Jesus into their life. Also, Rick and Gina enjoy eating all the Goldfish they want.

Jim Justice

Minister of Music & Worship

Jim Justice has joyfully served as Minister of Music and Worship for Grassland Heights Baptist Church since 2011.  Jim possesses a passion for a blended musical style within the weekly church worship service and considers the rich hymns of our heritage, traditional choral anthems, and the relevant, contemporary Christian songs of our current day, all to be useful musical inclusions within the corporate worship experience.  Jim and wife Cathy are the proud parents of two sons and grandparents of three beautiful grandchildren.  He currently resides in Bellevue, Tennessee.

Jake Yarbro

Student Minister

Jacob is currently serving as Student Ministry Leader. His passions include Student Ministry, History, and Athletics. Jacob obtained a B.S. in Ministry Leadership from Williamson College in Franklin TN. His favorite verse includes but is not limited to Hebrews 4:15-16: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”