Pastor Russ has been a Southern Baptist Pastor in diverse settings, from small to mega-churches, in the Midwest, Georgia, and South Carolina. His goal is to inspire people to discover their God-given purpose. Known as a motivational leader, he has led churches of thousands, piloted customer service training for a regional hospital system, served on a state family services agency board, hosted a radio program, launched a magazine, and earned a degree in finance and a doctorate in theology. Now an author, speaker, Transitional Pastor, and consultant, Russ is passionate about mentoring leaders in churches, education, business, and sports. In his latest book, SWALLOWED, Russ draws from years of success in coaching and mentoring business leaders, coaches, teachers, athletes, students, politicians, and pastors. Russ and his wife, Carol, a Speech Therapist in the public schools, live in South Carolina's upstate and are blessed with 3 children, their spouses, and 9 grandchildren.
YOUTH AND COLLEGE PASTOR
Daniel joined the staff of Rice Memorial in June of 2014. He is married to Brittany McGaha, a First Grade Teacher at Greenwood Christian School. He enjoys reading, playing golf, drinking Cheerwine, listening to records, and eating at Cookout.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Karon handles babies through 5th grade for Rice. She is wonderful at loving our children and teaching them about Jesus. She is married to Dusty Strickland.
Dionne is from Greenwood but currently lives in Ninety-Six. She is married to Richard Harris and they have two children Luke and Karlee. She enjoys spending time with her family.