Russ grew up in Oklahoma, graduating from OU in 1973 with a degree in Petroleum Land Management. He worked for Shell Oil and then an independent company until 1981. That year he married his wife Sue, a graduate of and cheerleader at the University of Houston. That same year, God called them to career ministry and they headed to Albuquerque, N.M., where they started their family. They moved to Mississippi for 10 years while Russ pursued and completed his Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. They have been at Rush Creek since 1994 and wouldn’t be anywhere else. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, with two on the way! Russ likes to play golf, read on the topics of history and leadership, and travel.