Jerry Elijah Rushing, a.k.a. “Snake,” is a legend in his own time. In his rebellious youth, he followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and became a fearless bootlegger, running over two million gallons of bootleg whiskey and thriving on fast cars, high-speed chases, and death-defying altercations. The wild experiences of Jerry Rushing’s life gave rise to The Dukes of Hazzard, the smash hit TV series that has become a phenomenon around the world. But Jerry’s life was no comedy. He was filled with anger and desperation, yet he yearned for peace and purpose. Now he’s born-again and eager to tell everyone what Christ has done in his life.
Michael D. Barnes is founder and CEO of Barnes Design Group, a Christian architectural firm specializing in church design. Fro over 25 years, he has served as a children's pastor, evangelist, and church architect. He's a native to Kansas City, Missouri, but moved to Virginia in 1976 to complete his graduate work in architecture at Virginia Tech. Michael met Jerry Rushing during one of his visits to Jerry's hunting lodge in North Carolina. Over the years they formed a close friendship that led to the book, The Real Duke of Hazzard. The prayer of Barnes and Rushing is that the testimony of this third-generation moonshiner and bootlegger will change the hearts of many men and women around the world. Today, Michael resides in Virginia Beach with his family.
Jerry Rushing is the founder and owner of Chestnut Hunting Lodge in Taylorsville, North Carolina. An avid outdoorsman, he has portrayed characters in more than thirty-eight movies. His credits include Moonrunners, Living Legend, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, and Young Daniel Boone. The movie Moonrunners (1975) was based on events in Rushing's life, and led to the development of the television show The Dukes of Hazzard. Rushing is enthusiastic about sharing the gospel and how God changed his life. He travels sharing his story with local prison ministries.