I am very pleased that you took the time to visit our web site. It is my goal as pastor of Edgewood Alliance Church to lead a body of believers that are meeting the needs of the people of the church and the people of our community. I think that Ephesians 4:11-13 is a very important passage of scripture that defines my understanding of my task as pastor. It says, "11)It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12)to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13)until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
From this passage, I take my primary responsibility to be the training of people. I love to meet with people in a classroom, church service, and in one-on-one meetings. It is my sincerest desire to teach people about how the Bible is relevant to their lives and how it can be applied to every aspect of daily living.
I am very blessed with a wife of 25 years. We have 3 wonderful children involved in the local school system ranging from 6-12 years old. My family is the most important thing in my life outside my relationship with Jesus Christ. I became a Christian at age 13 and have been growing in my faith ever since.
Having spent over 22 years in the business world before becoming a pastor, I understand the "real world" in which we live. I also have spent the past 10 years in full time pastoral ministry. I have my Bachelor's degree from Liberty University in Pastor Ministries. I am currently completing a Master's Degree in Ministry Leadership through Crown College.
If you have any questions or concerns, I would enjoy the privilege of helping you. I am available to answer your questions, help you with your financial struggles, teach you about marriage principles, or just consult with you about your specific needs.
May you be sincerely blessed by God today,
Pastor Gary Russell
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.… Isaiah 12:2
Christian men and women should be aware that there is danger in a defeated spirit within us, for it can plunge us into discouragement.
Discouragement, by the way, is hardly a sin. But it can lead to any number of sins, for to discourage is to dishearten. In such a case, we may still go to church, but we have little appetite for it. Nothing means anything to us. Hymns are dull and tasteless and the sermon is a bore.
I want to give you some rules for the time of discouragement:
First, do not accept the judgment of your own heart about the matter. A discouraged heart will always go astray, so do not think about yourself the way you feel about yourself!
Instead, go to God and Christ. God loves you, and Christ loves you enough to have died for you. He thought you were worth something. Remember that discouraged Gideon was hiding until God sought him out and said, “Get up, thou mighty man of God!”
The second rule is this: make no important decisions while you are discouraged. Don’t resign your job. Don’t sell your property. Get down before God and ask Him to take the defeat out of your spirit and the reverses out of your heart.
Finally, go to the Bible and read the promises of God. Read and claim the promises until your heart leaps with the joy of His promises. Remember that the living God is everything. Our victory cannot enrich God and our defeat cannot impoverish Him. Live on the side where the promises of God are bright!
 Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (1991–). Renewed day by day : a daily devotional. Camp Hill, PA.: WingSpread.
We Exist to Glorify God and partner
with Him to advance His Kingdom
Pastor Gary Russell, Senior Pastor
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Sunday Morning Prayer @ 8 am ~ Pastor’s Study
Life Groups @ 9 am
True U – Youth Study/Adults welcome
“Discover The Word”- Topical Bible Study
“The Cure” led by Kevin
Tues. 6:30pm – Girl’s Bible Study –at Donna Workman’s
Connections Café @ 10am
Sunday Worship Service @ 10:30 am
Sunday Prayer Following Worship @ Library
This Week (10/23) Diane Russell, Greg Myers
Next Week (10/30) Rebecca Mitcham, Rob Schmude
For Jr. and Sr. High students every Friday from 7-9 pm
Engaging Relationships – Matt 4:18-19;9:9-10, 2 Tim 2:2, Acts 1:9
Kingdom Advancement – Matt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 2 Tim 2:2, Col 4:5-6, Phil 4:9
Sharing Hope – Col 1:27, 1 Pt 3:15, John 14:3, 1 John 3:2
Spiritual Development – Gal 5:22-23, Romans 12:1-2; 8:26-28