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RUSS STEPHENS, Pastor
Russ came to Silver Springs in August 1988. His pastoral experience began at the age of 17 with a congregation that met in a one room building in Eldorado, Illinois. Russ is in his third full-time church.
Russ was saved at the age of 14 through the Vacation Bible School ministry of College Heights Baptist Church, Eldorado. He was the first Christian in his immediate family. Athletics have always been a big influence of his life. Now he is an avid wood worker. Recently the expanding and remodeling of their home has taken a lot of his time.
His wife, Theresa, is an elementary school teacher and a gifted musician. They have two grown children, Mark (34), an accountant for the City of Lebanon, where he and his wife, Jennifer, reside. Ashley (30), resides in Wilson County. Ashley is the mother of Callie, Russ and Theresa's only grandchild.
Russ is a graduate of Eldorado High School, Belmont University and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In December, 2003 he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has pastored churches in Illinois, Mississippi, and Kentucky, as well as Tennessee.