Russell to Head Allegheny West Conference
Adventist Review columnist, pastor, to assume duties in Fall
BY BRYANT TAYLOR, Visitor News Bulletin and AR Staff
redrick Russell, pastor of the Miracle Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Baltimore and an Adventist Review columnist, is the new president of the church’s Allegheny West Conference. Russell was elected August 10 and is expected to begin his new duties this fall in the conference where he first began pastoral ministry.

“I am humbled by this next assignment God has placed over my life, and I am looking forward to forging a shared vision with the leadership team, the pastors, and members of Allegheny West Conference,” Russell said.

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Fredrick Russell replaces James Lewis as president of the Allegheny West Conference.
The Allegheny West Conference comprises 54 Seventh-day Adventist churches and congregations in the western part of Maryland and western Pennsylvania, Ohio, the southwestern part of Virginia, and the state of West Virginia. At the end of 2006, according to the Adventist Yearbook, 12,419 baptized members were affiliated with churches in the conference.

Russell replaces James Lewis who has been president since 2001 and recently accepted a call to serve as director of the Office of Regional Conference Ministries, based at the campus of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala.

Now in his 27th year of ministry, Russell, an Oakwood graduate, is a longtime pastor and sought-after speaker. He also holds a Master of Science in Management with an emphasis in managerial leadership from National-Louis University in Chicago.

He started his ministry in Allegheny West as associate pastor of the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cincinnati. He then went on to pastor the Cleveland Heights church (now called Temple of Praise), Park Street church in Oberlin, Ohio; Bethel church in Akron; and Ethan Temple in Dayton. Twelve years ago, he accepted a call to serve as senior pastor of Allegheny East Conference’s Miracle Temple, from which he broadcasts a weekly program on the local ABC affiliate.

Russell is a member of the AEC Executive Committee and serves as ministerial leader for its Baltimore metropolitan area pastors. He serves on the advisory committee of the North American Division (NAD) Ministerial Department and as a board member for AdventSource, an NAD entity that provides resources for local church pastors and leaders. Russell has also traveled around the world teaching leadership development for the past 13 years to denominational workers.

Columbia Union Conference president Dave Weigley, who chaired the meeting, is also looking forward to working with Russell. “He’ll bring a fresh perspective to this conference,” he says. “Building upon the good work of Elder James Lewis, his passion for excellence in leadership could assist this conference in going to a new level.”

Russell has been a frequent contributor to Adventist Review, and his current run as a columnist began in 2007.


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