Russ grew up in South Carolina, went to college in North Carolina, but it was during seminary in New Jersey when he met his wife, Amanda. After ten years of youth ministry in Jersey & Tennessee, Russ spent eight years as a senior pastor in small town Mississippi. Along the way, God gave them Hayes, Viviana & Emerson. The Lord called Viviana home in 2009, but we will see her again. Russ enjoys sci-fi, action movies, unhealthy foods, sports, and painfully honest conversations – especially the reminder that the resurrection is healing even a recovering Pharisee like him.