Russell grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta. He and his wife, Cassidy, moved to the Kansas City area in 2014. Together they raise their daughter, Maisy. While serving as a student pastor at Grace Church in Overland Park, Russell heard the call to plant a church during the summer of 2017. Russell entered into the church planting residency at Grace Church in 2019 to prepare to plant Mission City Church.
Russell is passionate about seeing people know and follow Jesus and seeing people released to extend the Kingdom of God wherever God has them.
Statement of Faith
Mission City Church believes the Nicene Creed as our statement of faith. It is a creed dating back to the 4th century declaring the definitive statements of our faith in Christ. For a more exhaustive statement of faith, we align with the Lausanne Covenant. Click the link below for more information.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].1 With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic2 and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
1. Early versions of the Nicene Creed do not contain the phrase “and the Son.”
2. Or “universal.”
We want to love our neighbors through the art of hospitality. Serving one another was at the core of Jesus’ teaching. He said that we would show the world that we are His disciples by our love for one another. Because of this, it is critical for every person who walks through our doors to be honored and valued.
Matt 25:34-46, John 3:35 Rom 12:13, Lev 19:34, Titus 1:8
We live in a world that is struggling to communicate effectively and by striving to create avenues for dialogue centered on the gospel we hope to help those who are far away draw near. We believe that communicating well also means listening well and to practice these things is to participate in the way of Jesus.
John 4:1-42, James 1:19, 1 Peter 3:9
We believe the Bible tells one, holistic and unified story pointing to Jesus as King and Savior. As a community of believers, we want to be known for telling the same story in everything we do.
1Cor 15, Rom 10:14-17, 1 Cor 2:1-5
The good news will impact every part of our existence; the way we work, play, raise our families and live. We believe following Jesus is the best life possible and we want to invite those far from God to the wholeness, joy and peace of King Jesus.
1 Peter 1:13-15, Gen 12:1-3, Col 3:23
We believe in advancing the kingdom of God by making disciples in our city, in the next generation, and planting churches domestically and internationally.
Matt 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, 1 Cor 11:1, Ps 78:6