Russ and his wife, Angela, have been married since 2001 and have four children (Bailey, Hunter, Emily,  and Jackson). Russ has served in full-time vocational ministry the past seven years as a Children’s Pastor in two churches, Canaan Baptist in Bessemer and First Baptist in Dothan.  Russ graduated from Boyce College of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) with a degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis on Children’s Ministry. While at SBTS Russ served in several area churches volunteering in the children’s department.  Russ has a strong passion and desire to see children place their faith in Christ and grow into a fully devoted follower of Christ. He has an equal passion to help and guide parents to disciple their children in the same manner we find in Deuteronomy 6:4-9.  Russ has a strong background in missions having led mission teams to Mexico City and Guatemala and leading missions education through high energy creative programs including RA’s, GA’s, AWANA, and Lifeway ZIP.