At just twenty-two years of age, Bob became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church. That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell Ministries, Bob continues to preach at churches and conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership, mentor other ministers and author Bible study videos for use in small groups. An accomplished author, Bob has written over one-dozen books.
Bob and his wife Judy of 51 years have two married sons, Rusty and Phil. Rusty is a Lead Pastor in Port Charlotte, Florida after serving at Southeast for many years. Phil is a Sergeant with the Louisville Metro Police Department and a deacon at Southeast Christian Church. Bob and Judy have seven grandchildren with whom they enjoy spending their time.