Originally born in New York, Russ moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as a youth. Having felt God’s clear call to ministry at the age of 21, he pursued theological studies and received his B.A. from McMaster University and his MDiv from ACTS (Trinity Western Seminary). Over the last 15 years, Russ has served in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario as a pastor within the FEBC and the AGC, and as a church planter within the CNBC. For the last 10 years he has served as the Senior Pastor of Grace Church Newmarket (AGC) while also travelling to Romania and Egypt as a lecturer for New Life Ministries, which works alongside World Team in the developing of indigenous leaders in foreign countries through partnerships with local denominations. Russ is married to Shereen and they have three daughters.