Our Pastor

Pastor Russell is the founder and lead pastor of Cross Connection Church (C3). He holds a master’s degree in pastoral ministries and has over 25 years of ministry experience.  Pastor Russell teaches about the importance of the Holy Spirit operating in the life of every believer. His messages are relevant, challenging, and timely.

Pastor Russell was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee not far from the home of Elvis Presley. After attending Central Bible College, he pastored in Tullahoma, Tennessee before moving to Alabama in 1999. He was noted in 2004 as pastoring the fastest growing Assemblies of God church in Alabama. Pastor Russell felt called of God to plant C3 at the end of 2005.  In January of 2006, he began meeting with a team of people that would assist him in launching C3 on October 1, 2006.

Jon has 3 daughters, Kayla, Karlee, and Kelbee. He enjoys walking, watching Auburn football, and spending time with his family.

Pastor Russell, Karlee and Kelbee
Pastor Russell, Karlee and Kelbee
Pastor Russell and Kayla
Pastor Russell and Kayla

Our Staff

  • Michael Henry
    Michael Henry Administrative/College Pastor


  • Charlotte Evans
    Charlotte Evans Administrative Support


  • Aaron Bowman
    Aaron Bowman Worship Leader
  • Devon Bowman
    Devon Bowman Intern
  • Yehowali Samuel “Sam” Sekaya
    Yehowali Samuel “Sam” Sekaya Intern