Who We Are

Welcome to our About Us page! Here, you can learn more about our distinctives, our staff, and our member churches. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us using the Contact Us page. 

Mission: What We Do

Our mission is harnessing Kingdom potential through cooperating churches.

Strategy: How We Do It

To accomplish our mission, we engage fields, equip leaders, and expand our impact.

Values: Why We Do It

Multiplied Resources, Church Vitality, Gospel Mobilization, and Intergenerational Relationships.

Our Staff

Dr. Troy Rust – Associational Mission Strategist

Raised on a farm in Logan County, KY, Troy came to faith in Christ at the age of 12, and became involved in missions at the age of 13.  Although he went on to major in music at Austin Peay State University, God was simultaneously using the Baptist Student Union to call him to fulltime Christian ministry.  A two-time graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he served local churches for 25 years, including nearly 19 years in the pastorate, serving churches in Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina.  In 2016 he began serving as a bi-vocational Associational Mission Strategist in North Carolina and became the full-time AMS for Holston Baptist Association in November of 2020.  He and his wife Amy have been married for 21 years and have 8 children, 6 girls and 2 boys.

You may reach Troy at troy@holstonba.org .

John Wilson – Ministry Assistant

John has served the Holston Baptist Association as Ministry Assistant since May of 2024. Prior to this role, he has served in the local church and this association in various capacities, from filling in as worship leader and pulpit supply to serving on staff as an Associate Pastor. With a heart for the local church, John has a strong desire to see God’s glory displayed in each of our congregations here at the HBA and in churches all over the globe. John is currently pursuing his MDiv from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, ReAnn, have been married since 2018 and have three children.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Timothy 1:17

You may reach John at john@holstonba.org.

Anna Huggins – Director of Ministries at Johnson City Baptist Center

Anna supervises the volunteers and events that happen at the Johnson City Baptist Center. She coordinates mission groups, special outreach events for the residents, and connects with our volunteers. Anna coordinates special projects to meet the community needs such as: Christmas in August, backpacks, Thanksgiving meal, Christmas gifts, clothes closet, and more.

You may reach Anna at anna@holstonba.org .

Our Churches

The Holston Baptist Association has been serving local churches since 1786. We are currently comprised of 91 member churches, which you can find listed below.

If you’re looking for a new church home,  trying to connect with other like-minded churches or church leaders, or are just curious about Baptist goings-on in our region, feel free to do so using the map below.