Tuckaleechee UMC

Where Jesus is Lord and You are Loved!

Pastor Richard Rudesill

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016


Pastor Richard Rudesill is married to Elizabeth Openshaw Rudesill since 2004, a native of Clute, Texas, and has a beautiful daughter named Zoe, born in 2005.

Pastor Rudesill is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a graduate of Farragut High School. He also graduated from Hiwassee College with an Associate of Arts Degree. Pastor Rudesill went on to get a B.A. in Religion and Geography from Emory & Henry College and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Pastor Rudesill has lived and worked in two national parks, served with the Boy Scouts of America, and is a volunteer firefighter with the Townsend Area Volunteer Fire Department. He began serving churches in 2002 and this is his fourth appointment in the United Methodist Church. His ministry experience also includes U.S. Army soldiers, prison inmates, radio ministry, after school programs, missions in Latvia, nursing homes, lay speaker training, and ecumenical ministries of all sorts.

Welcome to Tuckaleechee! Pastor Rudesill looks forward to serving you!



  1. Pastor Rudesill,

    My wife and I visited your church on the 11th while you were away on a Kairos weekend. I trust the weekend was good for you and I know it was for the participants. I have worked several weekends at New castle Correctional Facility in New Castle, Indiana. I am actually leading the September weekend if you are interested. (Ha)
    We have visited the church in the past when we stayed at Laurel Valley and we enjoy your church and the congregation. May God continue to bless the work you do.

    Malcolm Rhoades

    • Thank you for your comments. I had a great time in prison! We had three residents at our family table who asked Christ to come in and direct their lives! Tuckaleechee United Methodist Church is a blessing to me, my family, the fellow church members, and the whole community. Their outreach literally reaches around the world. -Pastor Rudesill

  2. Thank you my friend and pastor. Prayers and caring help indeed.
    Tuckaleechee United Methodist isamazing.

  3. Dear Pastor Rudesill,

    Am I correct in believing that you are related to Captain Mark Rudesill, USN, who is the Naval AttachĂ© in London? I have met up with him at Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War grave dedications in London in the last 15 months or so and thought I’d say hello for him.

    Doug Fidler

    • I am indeed related to Mark Rudesill. A fine fellow! Hello back!

  4. Met your lovely family
    (Elizabeth and Zoe) at choir concert… sometime send me a communication email so we may keep in touch when convenient…
    Melissa Turrentine

  5. Larry and Connie Barker are in need of prayer. They live in Laurel Valley and attend sometimes. Larry works for the Park alongside Bobby. Please call me when you get a chance. I have their permission to share.

  6. I am a driver for Vandalia Bus Lines out of St. Louis, and usually worship with you a couple Sundays each spring. Unfortunately all trips have been cancelled. My wife and I will be coming to Townsend when this issue resolved. You might recall I mentioned the possibility of us playing a duet sometime. Will keep in touch as to this possibly happening. Blessings to everyone in your congregation. Stay healthy!

    • Are you good at video editing?

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