Russ was born in Birmingham, AL and has two great parents, sister and niece who still live there. He is a graduate of The University of Alabama and holds an MDivBL from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Cathy and has 2 beautiful children. Russ loves reading, taking walks with his wife and old movies. His favorite movie is "Chariots of Fire," favorite music is just about anything; jazz, classical, but especially Christmas music, even in July. His favorite book is, "Out of The Salt Shaker and Into the World" by Rebecca Pippert, anything by Dickens, and the "Sherlock Holmes Mysteries" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.