Glenn Russell

Glenn Russell

Glenn Russell

Title: Department Chair
Associate Professor of Religion

Office Location: Buller Hall 124
Phone: (269) 471-3188


PhD, Trinity International University

MDiv, Andrews University

BA, Columbia Union College


Glenn Russell is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Andrews University. He joined the faculty in 1999 and teaches classes in preaching, pastoral ministry, youth ministry, God and human life, world religions, and missions.

Russell was born in Cairo, Egypt, and graduated in 1974 from Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland, with a BA in Theology. He received his Masters of Divinity from the Andrews University Theological Seminary in 1979. He has completed his doctoral classwork at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago and is currently working on his doctoral project focusing on collegiate Seventh-day Adventist short-term missions.

Before coming to Andrews University, Russell served for ten years as a district pastor for the Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and was ordained in 1981. From 1985 to 1999, he taught religion at Andrews Academy, in Berrien Springs, Mich.

Glenn is passionate about ministry, missions and evangelism. He has led hundreds of students on mission trips and evangelistic series around the world. In 2005, he was appointed coordinator of overseas mission training for the campus ministries office at Andrews University. In the summer of 2005, Russell directed the first Andrews undergraduate Global Evangelism campaign, and has taken students to Romania, Benin, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Honduras to conduct evangelism campaigns. He conducts annual mission trips to Honduras and to the Middle East. He is also the host of Scriptural Pursuit, a weekly international radio and television broadcast and he has spoken for numerous churches and events locally and internationally. He is thankful for God’s mercy and grace and for the privilege of serving His Lord and Savior.

Pastor Russell is married to Sharon Savickas Russell, and they have two adult children, Jeremy and Erica.

Current Research or Professional Activities

In 2013 Glenn Russell completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity International University. His specialty focus was Adventist short-term missions.

Glenn Russell has authored two of the secondary religion textbooks and served on the editorial committee for the secondary Bible curriculum for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.


2012—Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award, Andrews University
2010—Advisor of the Year Award, Andrews University
2007—Teacher of the Year Award, Andrews University
2007—Spirtual Life Award, Andrews University
1992—Zapara Excellence in Teaching Award