Pastor Russ Randall grew up on a farm in Lavonia, Georgia. He attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where he accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 12. Russ graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1984. He married his college sweetheart, Priscilla, in 1985, and they moved to Dunnellon, FL.
Russ taught at Dunnellon High School until June, 1996 at which time he joined the First Baptist Church staff as Administrator of FBC’s Dunnellon Christian Academy. In January 2010, Russ became the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dunnellon and continues to serve here in that capacity.
Pastor Russ is the past president of the Florida Agriculture Educators Association, past State Secretary of the Georgia FFA Association, and was a finalist of Marion County’s Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Award. He is a former member of the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools, and has served on the ACSI regional council. Russ is a member and past president of the Marion County Farm Bureau. He is also a member and president of the Southeastern Youth Fair Executive Board.
In May 2014, Russ graduated with a Master’s degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Priscilla have one daughter, Janna. Russ and Pris (as he lovingly calls her) are the grandparents of Cooper John Alt (2012), and Gracie Anne Alt (2014).
Russ also has a number of fascinating animals at his home, including sheep and a peacock. Many of these animals are used as humorous sermon illustrations, too! For instance, ask Russ about the border collie he used to have named “Blue,” and then get ready to laugh!