Pastor Russ is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene who received an undergraduate degree in business from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
He holds a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Master of Ministry from MVNU.
He has been in ministry for 24 years as a lead pastor for 17 years and youth pastor for seven years.
Russ and Kelly have been married for 21 years and have three children: London, Noah, and Madison. Kelly is a nurse practitioner.