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Russ was raised as a military kid. He was born in Pueblo, CO and lived in El Paso, TX, Yuma, AZ, Chambersburg, PA and Hofheim-Wallau, Germany. He holds a BA in Music from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and an MA in Worship Leadership/Family Ministry and Discipleship from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Before surrendering to the call to ministry he served four years in the US Army Band as a trumpeter/bugler stationed in Fort Lee, VA.
He was ordained as a minister of the Gospel by Pastor JD Traylor and the congregation of Hanover Baptist Church, Hanover, IN in May 2012.
He is married to Stephanie and they have three sons: Zachary, Joshua, and Alexander, who attend Iredell-Statesville schools.
Stephanie was born and raised in Chambersburg, PA. She married Russell (our Associate Pastor for Worship) in February 1998. Together they have three sons: Zachary, Joshua, and Alexander.
Stephanie has an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Penn State University.
In addition to serving in the church office, Stephanie is also co-director of our 2018 Vacation Bible School and our church pianist.
Don and his wife, Nancy, moved to Statesville, NC from New Jersey several years ago. Don is previously retired from the New Jersey school system as a custodian. He also served many years as a firefighter. Don has been serving Berea as custodian for over 10 years.