The Reverend Rossetter (Rusty) Leavitt was born in San Benito, Texas. He received a degree in education from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska and later a Master’s of Divinity from Concordia Lutheran Seminary.

Pastor Leavitt formerly served as Director of Christian Education at Zion Lutheran in Orlando, FL, completed his Vicarage at St. Paul Lutheran in Sioux City, Iowa in 1980 and was Pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran in Mineral Wells, TX for 7 years. Prior to joining Beautiful Savior in January, 2002, he was Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran in Vernon, TX for 14 years.

Pastor Leavitt and his wife, the former Lynn Karmer (a school teacher) of Quincy, IL, have 5 grown sons, and two daughter-in-laws, and also two grandchildren.