Russell Family

Senior Pastor

Tommy Russell, a native Texan, grew up in Palestine, Texas. While attending a Youth Summer Camp as a High School student in 1993 Tommy gave his life to Christ. Shortly after becoming a Christ-Follower, Tommy felt the Lord’s calling to serve in full-time ministry. Over the past 21 years Tommy has served in many roles within the Ministry, never losing sight of God’s calling. He believes that the local church is the hope of the world and is humbled to serve God and His church. He has a passion to teach the Word of God. Tommy’s desire is to see those far from God find new life in Jesus and follow Him faithfully as they point others to Jesus. Besides serving in the local church, Tommy was honored to serve in the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout from 1996 to 2004. Even while serving in the military he continued to find ways to serve the local church in the base Chapel both in garrison and while deployed.


Tommy graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Religious Studies Minor in 2003. During his time studying, Tommy continued to serve in the local church and proclaim the Gospel. After graduating from Texas A&M, Tommy attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. During this time he served as the Lead Student Pastor at Copperfield Church in Houston, Texas. Tommy graduated with his Masters Degree in 2011.


On May 17, 2003, Tommy Russell married his wife Cathy, originally from Gainesville, Texas. Cathy also graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. Since then she has been employed with various Higher Education Institutions including Texas A&M University, Blinn College, Lone Star College, Pima Community College, and the University of Arizona. They both are proud parents of 2 children: Deacon and Caroline.