Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. Nim Russell, Rome, Georgia

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.

15 responses

  1. Man that blew me away this morning when I got the call!

    Got a brother that may be interested in being a contributor to sermon sharing service!

    Sent from my iPad


  2. I am so sadden by reading this!! My heart and prayers go out for this family in the midst of their sufferings

  3. Rev. And Mrs Ellis A. Carswell:
    Mrs. Russell and the entire Russell Family along with the Thankful Baptist Church Family, you are constantly in our prayers. We share in your loss.

  4. Rev. Curtis Raines, Sr. | Reply

    The General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc. shares in the loss of our beloved friend, officer and member of our convention; are hearts are heavy. We are praying for Sis. Julia Russell, family and the Thankful Baptist Church Family.

  5. I am very sad to hear of his transition, and may god comfort the family. I was in his class at the Ushers convention last Thursday and Friday and saw Rev Russell stand and teach as if God Himself was standing. The topic of the lesson was C.A.L.L. Christians Altering Lives-Likeness. That lesson really alter my life.


  7. Bishop Marvin Brown | Reply

    A. Tragedy with great results heavens gates

  8. Julie Driger, GMBC Historian | Reply

    I am very sadden to hear about the home going of a true soldier for Christ. My prayers are with the Russell Family and the Thankful Baptist Church Family.

  9. Our hearts are sad. I will miss a true friend and man of God whom made a significant impact in my life. We are praying for the Russell family and Thankful church family.

  10. Pastor Ronald Gantt, Janie and Rhonda
    Sister Julis Russell, Children, Grandchildren, Familly and Church. we were sadden to hear about Pastor Russell Home Going. We thank God for him allowing pastor to touch, and pass our way. May God bless and keep you is our prayer.

  11. Pastor & Mrs. Timothy D. French (Macon, Georgia) | Reply

    We mourn the death of our friend and fellow leader in the Gospel. And we pray for his wife, children, grands and Thankful Baptist Church, that God will swiftly get them through this sadden and diffult time.

  12. To Sis Russell , the children and the church family. God has called an angel home his works have been completed now he can rest and receive his reward. My prayers are with you and I know God will be with you and help you thru which we can already see his works. Much Love Rhonda Monroe and the Greater Bethel Church Family.

  13. Pastor Russell,
    A true man of God….as children living in a small southern town and going to the same church….I knew that a God was gonna use this man to be HIS body on earth.

    Rev. Mr. Levi Jelks, jr
    St. Anthony Catholic Church
    Atlanta, Ga

  14. suzannamitchell | Reply

    my prayers are with you and your family may God bless you.

  15. Mary H. Johnson | Reply

    Pastor Russell, I still miss you and it seems as if you’ll be coming up on a revival somewhere in Columbus. I know God called a true angel home. I am glad to know from Hurtsboro, Alabama, my mother’s hometown, you riding Uncle Willie’s school bus and the conversations we had about both are treasured memories. I am so glad of the basket I had the opportunity to provide you when you last presided over our fall revival. We love you, but God loved you best and took you out of the chaotic world to your place of rest. Rest in Peace (RIP)

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