From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The longtime pastor of a northwest Georgia church was killed Sunday night in a head-on collision with an allegedly drunk driver in Bartow County.
The Rev. Nim B. Russell died just hours after celebrating his 23rd year as pastor of Rome’s Thankful Baptist Church.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, Russell was eastbound on Ga. 140 in Bartow County about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when a westbound pickup truck crossed the center line and hit Russell’s 2007 Mercedes Benz E350 head-on.
GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said Russell, 55, of Adairsville, died in the crash, which happened near Big Oak Tree Road west of Adairsville.
A passenger in the Mercedes, identified by the church as Russell’s wife, Julia, was injured and was taken to Floyd Medical Center.
The driver of the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, Michelle Blum, 47, of Adairsville, and a passenger in the truck, Charles Louis Blum III, were also taken to Floyd Medical Center for treatment, according to Wright.
Late Monday morning, the GSP charged Michelle Blum with first degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving without headlights.
Bio from the Thankful Baptist Church Website:
PASTOR Russell is a native of Hurtsboro, Alabama. He is married to the former Julia Pink. They have been married 33 years and have three children; Octavious, Nicole and Rachael Russell.
Reverend Russell has a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Interdenominational Institute of Theology, Montgomery, AL and a Master of Divinity from Covington Theological Seminary of Rossville, Georgia. He received a certificate in Blueprint Reading, Precision Instrument for Quality Control from Opelika Technical College, Opelika, AL. He’s attended Southern Union State Junior College, majoring in Social Science and Chattahoochee Valley Community College, majoring in Pre-Law.
Pastor Russell was called into the ministry of Jesus Christ in December of 1982. He pastors the Second Missionary BaptistChurch of Wetumpka, Alabama for six years before being called to the pastorate of Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in 1991.
Pastor Russell has initiated many programs in the Church. He appointed the first Youth Minister to staff at ThankfulMissionary Baptist Church. Out of his spiritual inspiration were produced Fourteen sons and four evangelist, nine sons are now serving as pastors of churches through this country.
The Russell Life Center, a 1.2 millions dollar building was builted in 1994. The Church participated in the Mission Exchange program and took a youth group on an International Trip to Old East Germany. A second location for Thankful Baptist was developed called Thankful Baptist Kennesaw (TBK). Thankful After School Care program with 501-C (3) status was established in 1998. There are many other accomplishments God has performed through this man of God.
Reverend Russell have numerous religious, community, and civic endeavors and affiliations: GMBC State Congress of Christian Education and North Georgia Association Instructor, Dean of Covington Theological Seminary Rome Branch, Chairman of the Christ Builders Cooperation Board and recently was named as the Vice President of the North Georgia Region for the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc. and many others.
Pastor Russell is a gifted teacher, preacher, revivalist that God is using in a very powerful and awesome way throughout this country. He facilitates workshops on Stewardship, Leadership and Transitioning the Local church. He has produced workbooks such as CSWIM (Christian Singles Winning in the Mind) for singles and MEGGA Men (Men Experiencing Godly Glory and Authority) for empowering men.