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Allegheny West President Accepts New Post in Atlanta
Story by Bryant Taylor
Fredrick A. Russell, president of the Allegheny West Conference (AWC), announced yesterday that he has accepted a call to the South Atlantic Conference where he will serve as the senior pastor of the Berean church in Atlanta, Ga. He is replacing Carlton Byrd, DMin, speaker/director of Breath of Life Ministries, who accepted a call to serve as senior pastor at the Oakwood University church in Huntsville, Ala.
Pastor Russell has led the Allegheny West Conference for almost three and a half years. During his tenure, the conference was led to focus pastors and members on experiencing daily the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the power and primacy of prayer. Russell, in conjunction with the leadership team, also developed a top-notch pastoral staff via recruitment and professional development, changing the way the conference office and ministry directors deliver services to the churches and refocusing on evangelism as the main priority of the conference.
Because of evangelism efforts during the past four years, some 20 new churches and worshipping groups have been planted, almost 2,000 have been baptized and nearly $800,000 has been raised for evangelism. The conference is also planning to establish at least two additional schools in 2012.
Pastor Russell believes that the AWC’s best days are ahead, and counts it an honor to have led at such a transformative season. He’s exceptionally grateful that he had the privilege of working alongside a group of outstanding pastors, an incredible executive committee and the “awesome” members of the Allegheny West Conference.
David Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president, will be working with Pastor Robert Moore, executive secretary, to establish a date to meet with the conference’s executive committee, which will establish the time and process for electing the new AWC president. Pastor Russell will assume his new duties in January 2012.