Rusty grew up in New Mexico and attended New Mexico Military Institute for high school and junior college. He studied Aeronautical Science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, and upon graduating he went to work for the Daytona Beach Police Department. He relocated to Colorado where he continued his career in law enforcement for a total of almost 15 years, 13 being in special operations, K-9 handler, narcotics, and special tactics. In the early aughts, Rusty made a career change and started working in facilities management for a large San Antonio church managing their buildings, grounds, and construction projects. Rusty has been in operations and facilities management specifically for churches and faith based organizations for 15 years. He and his wife have two sons, both of whom are serving in the military (one Army & one Navy).