Joe Russell

Joe has been at Riverview since May 2008 and says the thing he loves most about his job is being able to work with students (and at times being able to act like one). He grew up in a Christian home in Crestline, California. After leaving home, he attended three colleges – cramming ‘four years of schooling into six’ and graduating at last from Cal Poly Pomona with a minor in Bible and a double major in International Business and Marketing.  He worked with the youth at EV Free Fullerton for eight years (two years as a paid intern) – and it was there he met his lovely wife, Kimberlee.  Married to Kim since 2004, they have ‘an energetic boy’ named Michael, two delightful daughters, Lizzie and Audrey, and their Heart Hero Stephen, who was born April 17, 2012 with a single ventricle heart defect.  Stephen underwent his first open heart surgery at 9 days old and his second at just 4 months.

You can read more about his special heart and how this experience has touched their lives at ourspecialheart.blogspot.com.  God has taught them how to trust in the midst of sufferings, knowing that Christ suffered for us and that His suffering is what allows our suffering to not be pointless.  The most difficult situations in life are what draw people the closest to God. Joe’s desire is to pass these truths on to the students he works with.