Russell has been the senior pastor at Mt Wellington Community Church since 1996 when he led a church re-plant of what was Sylvia Park Chapel. The church has a huge impact in its community because of its outward focus and passion to reach the lost. The church, through its community trust, has people that work in the local schools, runs a community drop in centre that gives free meals to those in need and runs evangelistic programmes alongside these activities.
Russell has a long association with Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB) with his parents being avid supporters of HCJB and often had missionaries in their home in Taupo. When he was 21 he, along with Alex Weir, served with HCJB in Italy for 9 months on a studio construction project (Russell is an electrician by trade).
On his return to NZ he was asked to join the NZ Board and has been involved at a governance level since then. He has also lead short term work teams to Ecuador a few times.
Russell is married to Jillian and they have 4 adult children. Jillian is a specialist music teacher at two local schools and the music director at their church.
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