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Fredrick Russell Named President of Allegheny West Conference

By Bryant Taylor

The Allegheny West Conference Executive Committee elected Fredrick Russell conference president yesterday. He replaces James Lewis who recently accepted a call to serve as director of the Office of Regional Conference Ministries, based on the campus of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala.

Now in his 27th year of ministry, Russell, a graduate of Oakwood University, 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 (AEC) Miracle Temple in Baltimore.

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. Pastor Russell has also traveled around the world teaching leadership development for the past 13 years to denominational workers.

“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,” he says.

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 will take up his new leadership position sometime this fall.