With the affirmation of the Congregation on Sunday, June 5, we are excited to introduce our new Associate Pastor of Children and Families: Amy Starr Russell.
Amy’s ministry with First Baptist Greensboro will begin July 18. Read more about Amy below.
For the past 9 years, Amy has been the Associate Minister at First Baptist Church in Henderson, NC. There she has served in a ministerial role that was multi-faceted as she was able to lead in the capacities of missions, youth, worship planning, administration and Christian formation for all ages. After graduating from Gardner-Webb with a BA in Religious Studies and a minor in Spanish, Amy attended Wake Forest University School of Divinity where she received her Master of Divinity. In addition to her work in the local church, Amy has been committed to denominational engagement and has served on several state and national boards for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Amy looks forward to the opportunity to be a part of a church that values children and their formation. She is particularly excited to walk alongside them to help build a solid foundation with God and with the church, investing in their development with hopes that faith may continue to be a life-long journey for each child. We are excited to welcome Amy’s extensive gifts in pastoral leadership and formation as she steps into the role of Associate Pastor of Children and Families.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, HENDERSON, NC
Associate Minister (2013 to 2022)
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH, ROANOKE, VA
Seminary Intern (2012-2013)
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER
Chaplain Intern (2011-2012)
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, DECATUR, GA
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist (2006-2009)
COOPERATIVE BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP OF NORTH CAROLINA
Youth Ministry Team, Chair-Elect (2020-present)
Faith Formation Council (2019-2020)
BAPTIST WOMEN IN MINISTRY OF NORTH CAROLINA
Board Member (2015-2018)
COOPERATIVE BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP FELLOWS PROGRAM
Cohort 2 (2014-2016)
“Amy is one of the finest ministers I know. While in seminary together, Amy led a spiritual formation group that was truly transformational in my Christian walk. I know firsthand Amy’s patient and purposeful leadership in the lives of those in her stead. I cannot wait to see how Children and their families at First Baptist Greensboro will be ministered to by her, and what a catalyst she will be to the staff team.”
Rev. Courtney F. Stamey, Senior Pastor, Northside Baptist Church
“First Baptist Greensboro will be so blessed to have Amy Starr Russell joining its pastoral staff. She is a warm, strategic, compassionate, and insightful minister who will bring a wealth of pastoral leadership to the role of Associate Pastor for Children and Families.”
Dr. Meredith Stone, Executive Director, Baptist Women in Ministry
“Amy’s heart for ministry is only matched by her wisdom and care for those in her circle. Beyond those gifts she also brings an easy laugh and the ability to make others feel seen and heard. She will quickly become a valuable part of the FBC community, where she will minister and love well.”
Dr. Brian Foreman, Executive Director, Center for Church & Community, Campbell University
“Amy’s heart for ministry, keen theological mind, compassion for others, and gift to not take herself too seriously is unparalleled. To know Amy is to love her, to want to draw near to her, and to be about life and God’s redemptive work with her. Words cannot adequately describe how lucky FBCG is to have called Amy!”
Rev. Molly Brummett Wudel, Pastor, Emmaus Way
“I’m thrilled to welcome Amy and know she will be a wonderful pastor to our children and families, as well as to the entire church family. Our church will greatly benefit from her leadership, guidance and experience as a minister.”
Melissa Norman, Chair of Search Committee
“I have known Amy for over a decade, and admired her as among the most gifted ministers I know. She will be an excellent addition to our pastoral team. I’m so excited for the leadership she will bring to our church and especially to our growing ministry to children and families.”
Rev. Alan Sherouse, Senior Pastor
AMY AND HER FAMILY
Amy is married to Brandon Russell, an adolescent counselor recently hired by Triad Counseling. She is the parent of two young children, William (4) and Elizabeth (2).
A WORD FROM AMY
“I enthusiastically welcome your call to serve as your Associate Pastor for Children and Families. I have known of your health and vitality for many years and I am grateful now to become a part of the FBC Greensboro family. Flowing out of the abundance of God’s love, I am inspired by your love for this community, your love for each other, and most of all your commitment to the love and nurture of your children and families. I am hopeful that in partnership we can continue an already vibrant and well-developed ministry with children and families. The contours of my calling to ministry have taken different shapes over the years and I am excited for this new season of calling in this congregation at this time in my life. What a joy it has been to get to know this search committee and I look forward to getting to know many more of you in the days ahead. May God’s loving-kindness accompany us on our journey together!”