DALLAS (BP)–For 28 years, he has been the quiet man behind Texas Baptists’ sound systems. But on Jan. 31, Bob Russell hangs up his headphones, at least for the most part.
Russell has served since November 1968 as coordinator of technical services for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Working in the BGCT office of communications, he has coordinated sound, lighting and translation systems for annual state conventions, Texas Baptist evangelism conferences and other statewide meetings.
At annual meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention, he also has provided technical support for each year’s newsroom, working closely with personnel from other agencies.
“Bob Russell has provided vital support for virtually every major Texas Baptist meeting, and many smaller conferences, over these past 28 years, laboring behind the scenes with quiet grace,” said Thomas J. Brannon, BGCT director of communications.
Russell, who has agreed to periodic work in a part-time volunteer capacity, is an Oklahoma native who received All-American honors in basketball while earning his bachelor’s degree in photography at Oklahoma Baptist University.
He continued his studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, where he worked as photographer in the public relations office before joining the BGCT executive board staff.
He and his wife, Frances, are active members of Meadowbrook Baptist Church, Irving.