Celebration Church Tri-Cities Leadership
Celebration Church Tri-Cities is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Lead Pastor & Leadership Team
Robert Russell serves as the Lead Pastor of Celebration Church. He has been a part of Celebration for 20 years. Robert previously served as a full-time professor at Emory & Henry College and adjunct professor at King College. Years ago Robert also worked in the Financial Division of Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport.
Robert’s academic background includes earning a BA from Emory & Henry College, MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia, MA and MDiv from Luther Rice Seminary, and PhD from Regent University. He was also a CPA and CMA.
Robert is married to Michelle Anne Russell, who leads the Worship Arts Ministry at Celebration Church. They have three children: David, Abbie, and Jonathan who is married to Michelle Ruth Russell. He enjoys running, cycling, snow skiing, and all types of fishing.
Associate Pastor & Leadership Team
Rod and his wife Terry met in college and have been married for nearly 50 years. They have one son, David, who is married and lives in Knoxville. Rod and Terry have one grandson. Rod’s passion is to help Christians understand how great a salvation we have been given through Jesus Christ. And through our fellowship with Jesus and the Father, to confidently step out in grace and the power of the Spirit to apprehend God’s great calling and amazing plans for our lives. Rod enjoys studying God’s word and sharing His word with others. Rod is retired from Eastman after 28 years of service. His educational background is in mathematics and computer science. Rod’s hobbies include fitness, fly-fishing, and snow skiing.
Real Life Minister & Leadership Team
Della's hope is for all to have a relationship with Christ and to be continually growing in that relationship. Della serves as the Real Life Minister and as a member of the Leadership team. She is a graduate of ETSU, and Emmanuel Christian Seminary (M. Div and D. Min). Della, Ken and Brandon became a family in 1986 when she and Ken were married and are blessed with Kate who became a part of the family in 2019 when she and Brandon married. Della's past times are physical activity, things that are challenging, cooking, learning, reading, creating, and writing.
Young Adult & Youth Pastor & Leadership Team
Jonathan Meo and his wife, Taylor, are the blessed parents of two boys, Jadon and Bohdan. Jonathan is a graduate of both King College and Regent University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Bible and Religion, as well as a Masters in Divinity. He has led worship, playing both piano and guitar, since his teenage years in New York. Jonathan loves to teach and preach the truth of the gospel to our generation. Having started as an intern in our Children's Ministry, Jonathan has spent the last 10 years at Celebration, working with students from elementary thru college. He currently oversees both our Youth Ministry and Incurrent services.