Born in Brooklyn, New York to a single mother and loving family, Russell knew he wanted something different in his life. He moved to Maryland to attend Morgan State University, where he, before finding Christ, was a well-known party promoter. Now his mission and vision is to promote Jesus to everyone he meets.
Russell received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Morgan and his Masters of Divinity degree from Howard University. He was licensed and ordained in the AME Church under Dr. Jamal Bryant at the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland. While at the Empowerment Temple, Russell was blessed to serve as the Minister to Teens, where he led the teen service “Teen Temple,” which allowed students to worship God in their own way through Step, Rap, Dance, Drama, and other styles of youth focused worship. Over 150 students attended each service. Russell also served as the Pastor of Students and Young Professionals at The Fountain Ministries, in Florida. There he was able to create a new name, focus, and vision for the ministry. The H2 (HYDRO) ministry is focused on “being a relevant light” for students. While at the Fountain Ministries, Russell started several new ministries and improved/enhanced other ministries so that students became more involved in Church and more importantly more committed and connected to Christ. During Russell’s time at The Fountain hundreds of students connected with the ministry and Jesus Christ.
Russell has been blessed to create a student curriculum (2009-2010) & adult curriculum (2010-2011) for The Urban Youth Workers Institute’s National Youth Ministry Conference “Reload”. In addition, Russell was contacted by Outreach Magazine to be the “Youth Ministry Expert” for 2012, 2013, 2014 as well as 2015 and asked to rate the top youth ministry resources of the year. Outreach Magazine also highlighted Russell’s Eleven 22 Youth Ministry with a feature profile in it’s 2012 issue of the 100 Fastest and Largest Growing Churches in America. Russell was also honored to be interviewed on TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network) as an expert in youth ministry.
Russell’s desire is to assist churches and youth ministries in doing ministry more effectively, thereby providing students the opportunity to grow in every area of their lives. Russell is the founder of After The Music Stops LLC, which is a full-service youth ministry resource company with the goal of creating youth ministry resources and tools to assist leaders and parents as they serve their students. Current releases under After The Music Stops LLC can be found and purchased through the online bookstore. Russell is currently the Director of Ministry Operations and Outreach for Reid Temple AME Church in Maryland. One of the ministries he created and provides leadership for is the Eleven 22 Youth Ministry, where students Learn their faith, Live their faith, and Lead with their faith. The Eleven 22 Youth Ministry has a student service on first Saturday Night’s called “The Remix”, where hundreds of students have received and committed their lives to Christ since the service began. Russell is the proud husband of Erica St. Bernard and the proud father to Karis Olivia St. Bernard. They currently reside in Maryland.