Russ is originally from the Newville area. He is an alumni of Big Spring High School & Messiah College. Russ has served as a youth leader at Trinity United Methodist Church, South Fairview 1st Church of God, Shepherds Gate Church of God, New Creation Brethren in Christ, New Hope Ministries and Big Spring Heights Church of God.

Russ has also served on staff at Christ Community Church, Movement Outreach, and now Big Spring Heights as our Assistant Pastor. He is an evangelist with a passion and heart for the Newville area. He has a deep desire to see more activities that grow our sense of community, connecting people to God. In addition to his duties here, he works a full-time position with a national non-profit organization that assists persons with disabilities and other barriers to independence in achieving their fullest potential as workers and as members of the broader community.