Our local mission is to share the good news of Jesus, while growing in our faith. Our goal is to show God’s love never fails and hope always prevails. We invite you to worship with us and to embrace our spiritual vision, to reflect Jesus to our contemporaries and to be a light for future generations.

The mission of Marietta First Nazarene is to “Turn Unbelievers into Devoted Followers of Jesus Christ.”

First: We want to go make believers 

Second: We want to grow devoted followers into becoming like Jesus


The beliefs of the Church of the Nazarene

Senior Pastor Andy Rutherford

Pastor Andy Rutherford was born and raised close by in Augusta, Georgia and grew up attending the Church of the Nazarene there. After graduating from high school, he attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN where he graduated in 1988. He is an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Andy has served as Lead Pastor at Landmark Church in Phenix City, AL and as Student Pastor in Huntsville, AL, Overland, MO, and Clarksville, TN. He and Gena have been married since September of 1988 and have four children and 2 grandchildren. He enjoys studying history, watching sports (especially the University of Georgia Bulldogs), playing golf on occasion, southern cooking, and homemade desserts.


Pastor Emeritus Gerald Carnes

Pastor Carnes was the senior pastor of Marietta First Church of the Nazarene for 16 years through 2021.