Bro. Russell Pointer, Jr.
Russell Andrew Pointer, Jr. is the founding pastor of Reformation Church Nashville, but above all possible titles, he identifies as the lead servant and spiritual advisor. Pastor Russ says that Reform has helped him identify his life's calling in this season- to create communities for connection and education as an extension of the kingdom of God. He believes that Reform is not a name; it is a calling.
In 2016, Russell graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education and a minor in Leadership Studies. In 2018, he graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Management with a concentration in Sport Management and Fundraising. He also graduated with a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School in May 2020. He is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at the Boston University School of Theology. His primary interests are Black church studies, economic justice, and creating faith communities. Russell’s research is centered around creating communities for connection and education to fight against the impact of capitalism on racism, as an extension of the kingdom of God.
Along with his academic career, Russell is heavily influenced by and involved in social and cultural organizations. He is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. In 2017, at the age of 24, he was named to the HBCU Top 30 Under 30. He enjoys fashion, loud music, binge-watching TV shows, reading, and hanging out with friends.
Before helping launch Reformation Church Nashville, Russell was the Assistant Minister at Minneapolis Central Church of Christ for 2 years, under the tutelage of his father Dr. Russell Pointer, Sr. He has been impacted by an array of professors and teachers, but two additional mentors that deserved to be named is Pastor Aaron Marble and Bro. Desi Anderson. They both had a huge impact on him executing his vision and weathering life's storms. He began Reform with the goal of creating a community that embodies the gospel by its motto “A Gospel That Walks.” When asked to describe his journey into church planting, Russell begins with “God is faithful.” He wants to be remembered not only for the sermons that he preached, but also wants to see his words lived to pursue love, justice, and equality on Earth.