Russell Mckinney's Blog

Brief Bio

My name is Russell McKinney. I am 49 years old and have served as an ordained pastor for the past 23 years. I’ve been married to my wife Tonya for 21 years. We have two great kids – our sons Ryan (18) and Royce (15).

What do I do? As a husband, I love my wife, empty the dishwasher, take the clothes out of the dryer, and remember our anniversary. As a father, I love my boys, help them in their various endeavors (and that can get expensive!), enforce the house rules, and splurge for a feast from the McDonalds drive-thru every now and then. As a pastor, I love my church members, preach, counsel, visit, and lead our church.

When I was a young man I believed in Christ as my Savior and was “born again” (John 3:1-16). But I didn’t fully sell out to Him with all of my heart, mind, and body until I was in my early twenties. Since then I’ve sought to do His will in every area of my life. Sometimes I’ve failed Him, but He’s never let me stay down long.

I try to be “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16) whatever the situation I’m in, and I try to do whatever I do “in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17) and “to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). I don’t have all the answers, but I am willing to learn. I’m far from perfect, but I’m always striving to improve.

1 Comment »

  1. Hi neighbor,

    Your brother mentioned your blog to me the other day so I thought I’d check it out. Enjoyed the article about YBOA you know!
    Keep up the good work and good luck with your forthcoming bestseller .

    Comment by Ed Duncan | April 10, 2009 | Reply

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