Originally from New Braunfels, Texas, Bryan Rust began playing the piano at age 3, learning choral music at age 7 and playing the organ at his church at age 13. Bryan has studied church music, music education and theology, and his music teachers include Jane Hass, Thomas Engler, Bernard Gastler, Harold Rutz, and Thomas Pavlechko, among others.
Bryan was installed as Director of Music at First English on October 7, 2012.
Throughout his 23 year ministry, Bryan has served with large and small, urban, rural, and suburban Lutheran, United Methodist and Episcopal churches in Central Texas, with the University of Texas Lutheran Campus Ministry, with the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest, and as Interim Artistic Director of the Austin Children’s Choir. His spiritual passions include music and worship education and leadership, inter-generational music making, and ecumenical and interfaith partnerships. He participates in several organizations including the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. In addition to hymn festivals, concerts and workshops, Bryan has served in music and worship at the regional and churchwide level. Bryan has also had a career in real estate and mortgage financing.
Bryan Rust is married to Derek Mergele and father to Emma and Clara. Derek, an urban and regional planner, is completing his last year at Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock. Bryan enjoys traveling, spending time with family, real estate, and learning new things.