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Steve Russell
Steve Russell
Executive Director,
Empowering Texas Youth

Summary of Qualifications

  • Public speaking excellence in areas of motivation and personal growth
  • Creative vision for professional development and education
  • Proven leadership and marketing abilities
  • Respected writing skills for professional communications and publications
  • Excellent relationship-building, listening, and people skills
  • Excellent teaching, training, and course writing and development skills


  • Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs TX, 1972 graduate
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Bachelor of Arts with double majors of history and English, May 1975
  • Secondary education Texas teacher certification in English, history, and speech.
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity, December 1980

Career Highlights

  • Financial services experience of more than thirty-five years encompassing successful insurance and investment sales, insurance company home office marketing, and continuing professional education course development and instruction
  • Pastoral and interim pastoral experience for over seven years
  • Creative and innovative teaching in Texas high schools and middle schools for more than seven years, specializing in 8th grade US History

Community Involvement, Volunteer Service, and Hobbies

  • Former Chairman of the Tyler Together Race Relations Forum
  • Former Vice President of Northeast Texas Disproportionality Board
  • “Hall of Fame” volunteer instructor for Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunter Education Program; former President 2014-2015, Texas Hunter Education Instructors Association (THEIA)
  • Certified “Huntmaster” for Texas Youth Hunting Program
  • Graduate of Abilene’s “City University” for municipal government
  • Former board member of West Texas Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Former steering committee member/leader of the Texas Brigades
  • Primary candidate for Texas House of Representatives in 2004 and Texas Senate 2012
  • Over twenty-five years of adult service to the Boy Scouts of America
  • Over fifteen years as a counselor at American Legion Boys State
  • Junior Achievement school presenter
  • Over five years as a summer youth baseball coach
  • Hunter, clay sports shooter, fisherman, boater, camper, hiker, and snow/water skier


P.O. Box 6624, Tyler, Texas 75711

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