Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 Bob Russell will be speaking at Plain City Presbyterian Church, 231 E. Main St., in Plain City, for a renewal weekend. There will be services on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
God has blessed Russell with a life much different than one he could have ever imagined. As a young man growing up in northern Pennsylvania, he had intended on becoming a high school basketball coach in his hometown. During his senior year of high school, however, he realized a desire in his heart to enter the ministry. Soon thereafter, he enrolled in Cincinnati Bible Seminary where he graduated in 1965.
At the age of 22 he became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church. That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when he retired. Now through Bob Russell Ministries, he continues to preach at churches and conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership, mentor other ministers and author Bible study videos for use in small groups.
An accomplished author, he has written over one-dozen books. His latest book, “After 50 Years of Ministry: 7 Things I Would Do the Same and 7 Things I Would Do Differently,” was released in the summer of 2016 from Moody Publishers.
He has been speaking to churches, colleges and civic groups for over 40 years, sharing God’s word in a fresh, engaging and convicting manner. He has spoken in just about every state and several foreign countries. His sermons have been carried on 38 radio stations broadcasting from locations as distant as Australia and Hawaii. His gift of humor and insight, along with his unyielding commitment to honesty and integrity, will inspire the hearts of those who listen to consider Biblical truths as they relate to life in contemporary culture.