Jonathan LeMaster-Smith

Hi there, I’m Jonathan LeMaster-Smith. I teach, write, and consult on mostly rural life, faith, and ministry. This site includes some of my blog, some of my writing, links to my upcoming offerings, and a variety of other things.

I titled the site “Rusty Water Towers” because water towers feel like iconic landmarks that tend to tower over most rural communities I visit. They act like a light house or a church steeple, letting people know there’s still life, faith, and hope in these spaces.

From the Blog

  • Linoleum Tables – Chapter Finished
    I’m in a hotel room about to head down to a conference on rural life and resilience in North Carolina. […]
  • Day 12 – 549 Words
    I spent a large portion of today editing video. Hence, the featured photo screen grab. However, before that I was […]
  • Day 11 – 720 Words
    Alright, back in the groove. Writing today was less challenging. One reason was that included a ton of country music […]

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About Me

I grew up in rural North Carolina (very close to the green truck).

I look for the creative hope, the rich faith, and the latent potential in rural communities.

I also look for the food.