About Rev. Dr. Russell ...

Russ​ ​has​ ​joyfully​ ​accepted​ ​the​ ​call​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​UCC's​ ​Senior​ ​Minister​ ​and​ ​is​ ​looking​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​what​ ​God’s plan​ ​is​ ​for​ ​our​ ​journey​ ​together.​ ​"I​ ​am​ ​so​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​fulfill​ ​a​ ​lifelong​ ​dream​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​the​ ​UCC congregation."  

Russ's​ ​education​ ​includes​ ​receiving​ ​his​ ​Bachelor​ ​of​ ​Arts​ ​degre​e​ ​f​rom​ ​our​ ​neighboring​ ​Texas​ ​Christian University​ ​(1990),​ ​​ ​Master​ ​of​ ​Divinity​ ​degree​ ​from​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Theological​ ​Seminary​ ​(1994),​ ​and Doctor​ ​of​ ​Ministry​ ​from​ ​Columbia​ ​Theological​ ​Seminary​ ​(2004).

Russ​ ​was​ ​ordained​ ​in​ ​199​5,​​ ​after​ ​serving​ ​as​ ​the seminary​ ​intern​ ​at​ ​Orinda Presbyterian​ ​Church​ ​of​ ​Lafayette,​ ​California​ ​(1991-1995).​ ​​ ​He​ ​returned​ ​to​ ​Texas​ ​and​ ​served​ ​at​ ​Highlands Christian​ ​Church​ ​of​ ​Dallas,​ ​Texas,​ ​​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Minister​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​and​ ​Youth​ ​(1995-1996).​ ​Russ​ ​then accepted​ ​a​ ​call​ ​as​ ​Associate​ ​Minister​ ​at​ ​Sandy​ ​Springs​ ​Christian​ ​Church​ ​of​ ​Atlanta,​ ​Georgia​ ​(1996-2005). For​ ​the​ ​past​ ​12​ ​years,​ ​he​ ​has​ ​served​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Senior​ ​Minister​ ​to​ ​First​ ​Christian​ ​Church​ ​of​ ​Concord,​ ​CA (2005-2017),​ ​​the​ ​church​ ​where​ ​he​ ​was​ ​baptized​ ​as​ ​a​ ​youth.

Russ​ ​focuses​ ​his​ ​ministry​ ​on​ ​preaching​ ​and​ ​has​ ​taught​ ​a​ ​homiletics​ ​​course​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Pacific​ ​School​ ​of Religion​ ​in​ ​Berkeley,​ ​California.​ ​He​ ​currently​ ​serves​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Administrative​ ​Committee​ ​of​ ​the​ ​General Board​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Christian​ ​Church​ ​(DOC). 

Russ​ ​has​ ​been​ ​married​ ​6​ ​years​ ​to​ ​Kelli,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​blended​ ​family​ ​of​ ​four—twins​ ​Jake​ ​and​ ​Ella​ ​(15),​ ​Abigail (13),​ ​Caroline​ ​(10),​ ​and​ ​family​ ​dog,​ ​Bella.​ ​Beyond​ ​his​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​ministry,​ ​Russ​ ​is​ ​an​ ​avid​ ​runner, cyclist​,​​ ​and​ ​swimmer.​ ​A​ ​few​ ​years​ ​ago,​ ​Russ​ ​began​ ​competing​ ​in​ ​triathlons​ ​which​ ​​in​ ​2016​ ​led​ ​him​ ​to​ ​his first​ ​Ironman​ ​competition​.​ ​He​ ​also​ ​enjoys​ ​yoga,​ ​golf​,​​ ​and​ ​being​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​​ ​overall​ ​fitness.​ ​Last​ ​but​ ​not least,​ ​Russ​ ​is​ ​an​ ​avid​ ​TCU​ ​Horned​ ​Frog​ ​fan!

Russ's​ ​first​ ​Sunday​ ​in​ ​​our​ ​pulpit​​ ​will​ ​be​ ​December​ ​3​rd​.​ ​To​ ​ensure​ ​a​ ​smooth​ ​transition​ ​for​ ​his​ ​family,​ ​his wife​ ​and​ ​children​ ​will​ ​move​ ​from​ ​California​ ​to​ ​Texas​ ​during​ ​the​ ​summer​ ​months​ ​of​ ​2018,​ ​​after​ ​the school​ ​year​ ​concludes​.​ ​They​ ​have​ ​already​ ​planned​ ​trips​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​Russ,​ ​get​ ​to​ ​know​ ​UCC,​ ​and​ ​​familiarize themselves​ ​with​ ​​ ​the​​ ​Fort​ ​Worth​ ​area.​ ​​We​ ​will​ ​get​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​the​ ​family​ ​on December​ ​3​, ​when​ ​they​ ​join us​ ​for​ ​Russ’s​ ​initial​ ​worship​ ​service​ ​as​ ​UCC’s​ ​Senior Minister​.

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