At first Russ fought this call to ministry, but also knew that God was leading his family in a new direction. Russ tells the story, “I was extremely happy that CityReach was requiring me to undergo various assessments designed to determine one’s fit for the work ahead. I sat down to take each survey certain the results would come back and CityReach would thank me for my interest and then hit the ‘DENY’ button. I think I was counting on this, to be honest. At least I could say that I tried, but it just wasn’t a fit. I could return to my daily life and routine feeling fine.”
But God had a different plan. CityReach approved Russ’s application and together they moved forward in the process of planting a church in East Las Vegas. Meanwhile, God was putting together the team that would help with the launch of the church. Russ and his family moved to Las Vegas, along with several other families who have joined their team.