It was there that he felt the prompting of God to enter full-time ministry.
Russ attended De La Warr High School where he played football and wrestled. But most important, it was at De La Warr that he met Lynn.
John is a graduate of Houghton College, and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. In addition to leading the music programs in several churches throughout the years, he has taught piano to many students.