N. B. Russell, Senior Pastor
PASTOR Russell is a native of Hurtsboro, Alabama. He is married to the former Julia Pink. They have been married 33 years and have three children; Octavious, Nicole and Rachael Russell.
Reverend Russell has a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Interdenominational Institute of Theology, Montgomery, AL and a Master of Divinity from Covington Theological Seminary of Rossville, Georgia. He received a certificate in Blueprint Reading, Precision Instrument for Quality Control from Opelika Technical College, Opelika, AL. He's attended Southern Union State Junior College, majoring in Social Science and Chattahoochee Valley Community College, majoring in Pre-Law.
Pastor Russell was called into the ministry of Jesus Christ in December of 1982. He pastors the Second Missionary Baptist Church of Wetumpka, Alabama for six years before being called to the pastorate of Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in 1991.
Pastor Russell has initiated many programs in the Church. He appointed the first Youth Minister to staff at Thankful Missionary Baptist Church. Out of his spiritual inspiration were produced Fourteen sons and four evangelist, nine sons are now serving as pastors of churches through this country.
The Russell Life Center, a 1.2 millions dollar building was builted in 1994. The Church participated in the Mission Exchange program and took a youth group on an International Trip to Old East Germany. A second location for Thankful Baptist was developed called Thankful Baptist Kennesaw (TBK). Thankful After School Care program with 501-C (3) status was established in 1998. There are many other accomplishments God has performed through this man of God.
Reverend Russell have numerous religious, community, and civic endeavors and affiliations: GMBC State Congress of Christian Education and North Georgia Association Instructor, Dean of Covington Theological Seminary Rome Branch, Chairman of the Christ Builders Cooperation Board and recently was named as the Vice President of the North Georgia Region for the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc. and many others.
Pastor Russell is a gifted teacher, preacher, revivalist that God is using in a very powerful and awesome way throughout this country. He facilitates workshops on Stewardship, Leadership and Transitioning the Local church. He has produced workbooks such as CSWIM (Christian Singles Winning in the Mind) for singles and MEGGA Men (Men Experiencing Godly Glory and Authority) for empowering men.