Rusty Water Towers

Rusty Water Towers is a podcast in search of Faith and Hope in Rural Life and Ministry. Each episode includes a guest sharing stories and experiences of their rural life. My hope is that this podcasts reveals the creative potential latent in rural life. We launch September 21st, 2022!

  • by Jonathan M LeMaster-Smith
    This episode is two people talking about barbecue, chairs, death, life, and so much more. There's even a part where we talk about the difference between hamburgers and cheeseburgers in the rural Carolinas. Allen Stanton is the Executive Director of the Turner Center for Rural Vitality at the University of […]
  • by Jonathan M LeMaster-Smith
    In this episode, Shannon LeMaster-Smith, the multi-talented writer and singer of our theme song (who also happens to be my wife) joins me on the podcast as we travel down the highway to visit family for Thanksgiving. We talk about life, ministry, music, and much more. You'll here us and […]
  • by Jonathan M LeMaster-Smith
    There's so much talk about here, including issues with Uranium, small churches raising more money than big churches, and whether or not the bar from "Boot Scootin' Boogie" and "Neon Moon" are the same moon. Britt Terry is an English professor at the University of South Carolina; she funded her […]
  • by Jonathan M LeMaster-Smith
    This week we talk to a pastor who has lived all over the country in all sorts of churches. We talk about Kenny Rogers, rural hospitals, and the reality of evangelism that's just inviting people to church…any church. Philmont is Pastor of West Valley Community Church, is a PhD Precandidate […]
  • by Jonathan M LeMaster-Smith
    This week, there's a lot of music. I think we talk about Tanya Tucker, Helen Reddy, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Bonny Raitt, Brandy Carlile (and the rest of the The Highwomen). But really, it's, as always, all about the stories, connections, and the hope we find, even in paperwork season. […]
  • by Jonathan M LeMaster-Smith
    In this episode, Dr J explores music, tells some of his stories and answers your questions. Stay until the end for a grumbly dog. Our playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2qnPKxunKlRsAvqUD6hqdY?si=c2ec849a7df442e9 Our bookshelf : https://jlemaster-smith.com/bookshelf/ Our Social Media: Facebook and Instagram: @RustyWaterTowers | Twitter: @rustytowerspod | RustyWaterTowers@gmail.com jlemaster-smith.com/rustywatertowers
  • by Jonathan M LeMaster-Smith
    In this episode we take a trip to the places where Gunsmoke takes place to talk about rural life in West Kansas. Rev. Shay Craig is a delight to talk to. She is full of stories, ideas, and potential hope for the church. I particularly enjoy the conversations about cowboy […]
  • by Jonathan M LeMaster-Smith
    Rev. Karen Kluever is an ordained United Methodist deacon who grew up in Guilford County, NC, 20 minutes southeast of Greensboro. She has undergrad and graduate degrees in journalism (UNC-Chapel Hill, UW-Madison), received her master's in Christian education from Pfeiffer University, and completed theological studies through Wesley Theological Seminary. Karen […]
  • by Jonathan M LeMaster-Smith
    In this episode we have to define "Meat and Threes," talk about church buses, and dive into remembering our belovedness. Also, Gabe Lee and Michael Twitty show up, and only one is a country singer. My guest is Crystal Imes. Crystal Imes is a social worker with a passion for […]
  • by Jonathan M LeMaster-Smith
    In this episode Rev. David Christy joins me. We talk about all night drives from New Orleans, being invited to your church Administrative Council meetings, not being spoken to at barber shops, and Mac Davis. Theme Song: "Hildebran" by Shannon LeMaster-Smith Our Guest: Rev. David Christy: Facebook: @david.christy.92, Twitter: @davidchristy66 […]