Since the age of eight years old, Russ has had two dreams in life: to pastor a church and to eradicate the world of spiders. Fortunately for our eco-system, one dream remains unfulfilled.
For the past 20 years, Russ has lived his childhood dream of leading and teaching others as a Staff Pastor at several vibrant New England churches. Earning a Bachelor's Degree in Theological Studies, he was blessed to work with many effective Christian leaders along the way. Each of these great men and women has contributed in some way to Russ's servant heart and his unique style of relevant, insightful, and inspired preaching of God's Word. That style reflects the purpose of his life, which is to know God and to make God known.
Russ believes his goal as Lead Pastor at BrookRidge Community Church is to bring people of all walks of life together who are committed to God, committed to each other, and committed to reaching others with the exciting news of grace and mercy that is found in Jesus Christ.
A lifelong New Englander, Russ lives in Nashua, NH, with his lovely wife, Angela (known as "AJ"), who has been a constant source of encouragement and help to him. "AJ is, by far, the best thing that has ever happened to me, and a daily reminder to me of God's grace and restorative power."
Besides his Imelda Marcos-like obsession with Nike sneakers, Russ also loves playing and watching sports (softball/baseball, golf, competitive curling), believes he could do a better job of managing the Red Sox, and is currently writing a graphic novel based loosely on the TV cartoon character, Road Runner, about a Senior Pastor and a spider. (Note: Only one item above is untrue. Meep-meep.)
You can contact Russ at email@example.com
Director of Worship Arts
Erin moved from West Virginia to Massachusetts in 1997 to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston where she graduated with a degree in Professional Music in 2001. At Berklee she met her husband, Andrew, who introduced her to BrookRidge when he started playing guitar here in 2002. They've been a part of this community ever since.
In 2008 Erin & Andrew recorded an album of original worship songs called Lead Me To The Rock. Many of the songs from this album have become a part of the weekly worship time at BrookRidge. If you would like to hear them, please check out Erin's website at erinmartinmusic.net.
A fun fact about Erin is that she has performed with such artists as Alice Cooper, Ace Frehley of KISS, Simon Kirke of Free & Bad Company, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny A and many others.
While she loves every opportunity to play music, her biggest love and greatest reward is worshiping God in song and leading a congregation in praise to Him.
You can contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org.