Bob Russell

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God has blessed Bob Russell with a life much different than one he could have ever imagined. As a young man growing up in northern Pennsylvania, Bob had intended on becoming a high school basketball coach in his hometown. During his senior year of high school, however, Bob realized a desire in his heart to enter the ministry. Soon thereafter, he enrolled in Cincinnati Bible Seminary where he graduated in 1965.

At just twenty-two years of age, Bob became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church. That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the three worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell Ministries, Bob continues to preach at churches and conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership,  mentor other ministers and author Bible study videos for use in small groups.  An accomplished author, Bob has written over one-dozen books.  His latest book, “After 50 Years of Ministry: 7 Things I Would Do the Same and 7 Things I Would Do Differently,” was released summer 2016 from Moody Publishers .

Bob and his wife Judy of 54 years have two married sons, Rusty and Phil. Rusty Russell is the Lead Pastor of the New Day Christian Church in Port Charlotte, Florida after serving at Southeast for many years. Phil Russell is a lieutenant with the Louisville Metro Police Department as well as a film actor with the Screen Actors Guild. Bob and Judy have seven grandchildren with whom they enjoy spending their time.

Bob also enjoys playing golf and is an avid University of Louisville football and basketball fan. 

Mark & Jill Savage

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Mark and Jill Savage are passionate about encouraging, educating, and equipping families.  After serving in church ministry for twenty years, the Savage’s are now meeting the needs of families as authors and speakers. Known for their honesty, humor, and practical teaching, Mark and Jill bring hope and encouragement to every audience.


Jill is the author of nine books including Real Moms…Real Jesus and No More Perfect Moms.  Together Mark and Jill have authored two books, Living With Less So Your Family Has More and No More Perfect Marriages.  The parents of five young adult children and grandparents of three, the Savage’s make their home in Normal, IL.



2019  /  Ben Cachiaris of Mountain Christian Church in Maryland and Nancy Beach of the Slingshot Group and former pastor at Willowcreek

2018  /  Dave Dummitt of 2|42 Community Church in Michigan and Roger Storms from Compass Christian Church in Chandler, AZ

2017  /  Gene Appel of Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, CA and Caleb Kaltenbach from Discovery Church in Simi Valley, CA

2016  /  Tim Harlow of Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, IL and J.K. Jones of Eastview Christian Church in Normal, IL

2015  /  Aaron Brockett of Traders Point Christian Church in Indianapolis, IN and Christopher Yuan of Moody Bible College

2014  /  Don Wilson of Christ's Church of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ

2013  /  Gene Appel of Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, CA

2012  /  Bob Russell of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY

2011  /  David Clark of Central Christian Church in Beloit, WI

2010  /  Bob Monts of Lincoln Christian University

2009  /  Barney Wells of Lincoln Christian University

2008  /  Don Green of Lincoln Christian University


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