"We must come together in ways that respect the solitude of the soul, that avoid the unconscious violence we do when we try to save each other, that evoke our capacity to hold another life without dishonoring its mystery, never trying to coerce the other into meeting our own needs." 


- Parker Palmer in Let Your Life Speak

about Steadfast Ministries


The chaos in our world creates turmoil in our souls, and we long for someone to stabilize us. Walking farther with Jesus requires deeper roots (Colossians 2:6-7).

Steadfast ministries exists to help others Stay Grounded in Christ to Go the Distance in Life and Work.

I want to help you take responsibility for the only life you have to experience the abundant life Jesus promises (John 10:10). Mainly, I'm concerned with helping you reconnect with Jesus in increasing and meaningful ways.

If you don't do this inner work to anchor yourself in Jesus, then you will be tossed back and forth by all the difficulties of this life. 

Through Steadfast Ministries, I offer spiritual direction, sabbatical coaching, workshops, and retreats. You'll also find plenty of free resources to help you stay grounded in Christ. Check out articles, the Pause to Reset newsletter, and The Art of Stability podcast. 

about Rusty


Hi, I'm Rusty McKie

(Pronounced Mac-Key)

Rusty McKie is a spiritual director, author, speaker, and founder of Steadfast Ministries.

Rusty has served individuals and groups in ministry for 15 years, with 10 of those years as the lead pastor of a church he planted in Chattanooga, TN. 

Rusty knows personally and from walking with others the challenges and pain of life. He also knows the deep joy that comes from a deepening relationship with Jesus. 

Rusty's approach to spiritual direction is contemplative, intentionally trinitarian, biblically-informed, IFS-informed, and trauma-informed

Most people don't need someone telling them what to do. They need someone to help them experience a love that surpasses comprehension (Ephesians 3:14-19). 

Rusty holds a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry, a Mdiv in Theological and Biblical Studies, and is in ongoing training to sharpen him as a spiritual director with Leadership Transformations. Rusty currently receives supervision under Marcos Leon to help him stay healthy as he helps others. 

Areas of Interest Include:

  • Anxiety Management

  • Grief and Loss

  • Weariness and Exhaustion

  • Navigating the Dark Night of the Soul

  • Discovering Your True Self

  • Intentional Living

  • Unhurried Living

  • Practicing the Presence of God

Rusty's greatest passion is to help others grow in emotional and spiritual maturity.

More About Me

If you spend time with me, you'll discover that I love:

My family. I love the work I get to do, but nothing thrills me more than heading home to Rachel, Justus, Haven, and Atlas.

My friends. Through hard work and a lot more grace, my friendships are phenomenal and a significant gift to me.

Movies. From a blockbuster to an obscure foreign film, I can't get enough. The only thing better than a fine film is enjoying it with friends. 

Backpacking. There's something magical about heading out into the wilderness with everything you need on your back. 

Food. Sushi, anyone?

Books. I like them a lot.

Jesus. I could list many more things that I love, but I hope at my funeral that people will say, "Man, he loved Jesus!" 

What Now?


It would be an honor to connect with you.

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