Russell grew up in northern Pennsylvania, hoping to become a high school basketball coach in his hometown. However, during his senior year of high school, he discovered he had an interest in ministry. Soon after high school, he enrolled in Cincinnati Bible Seminary, where he graduated in 1965.
When Russell was just 22, he became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church. Today that small church of 120 people has become one of the largest churches in America, with 19,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006.
Russell has been married for 43 years to his wife Judy. They have two married sons who live in Louisville and participate at the Southeast Christian Church. He and Judy have seven grandchildren that they love spending time with.
In his leisure time, Russell likes to play golf and is a huge University of Louisville football and basketball fan.
Bob has also done some writing. He has written more than 12 books, including the best seller, "When God Builds A Church." He also writes a weekly column in The Lookout, a magazine printed by Standard Publishing.
Russell retired from his church in 2006. He continues to speak and write on a regular basis and has served as Chairman of the Londen Institute, a school for people wanting to become pastors as a second career. He also holds monthly mentoring retreats for young ministers.
Also included in the evening will be music by Morris Mott.
Mott is a Christian country music artist who makes about 200 appearances in several states every year.
In 2003, he won the Country Gospel Connections New Male Vocalist Achievement Award. Mott is also a member of the United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians.
Pastor Danny Caulkins of the Clinton First Christian Church invites all to come and attend the event.