Russell Andrew Pointer, Jr. graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, Sports Studies, and Physical Education. Russell completed a Master’s of Science in Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2018. Russell is currently at Vanderbilt Divinity School where he is pursuing a Masters of Theological Studies. Balancing school, work, travel, and ministry so gracefully featured Russell in the HBCU Top 30 Under 30 for 2017.
Russell has 2 years of experience in athletic fundraising at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Attending Morehouse College fostered a consciousness about him, and he completed a thesis examining the experiences of Black NCAA Senior-Level Administrators. Even at a young age, Russell has worked on race relations and specifically Black empowerment for several years now.
Russell began preaching at the age of 19 under the tutelage of his father, Dr. Russell Pointer, Sr. Through his ministry, Russell provides hope to his peers and inspires others to walk closer with the Lord. Ultimately, Russell wants to pastor using a holistic ministerial approach built upon four main areas: preaching the Gospel, financial literacy, health and wellnesss, and recapturing and redefining Black identity. His primary goal is to create a church culture that is not only interested in salvation but also invested in actively making the community a better place. He wants to be remembered as a church leader who not only preached good sermons, but he also wants to be one who lived his sermons in his community and helps fight systems of oppression.
In September 2019, Russell stepped out on faith with a group of believers to plant Reformation Church Nashville.