Rev. Canon Chris Russell

Chris Russell

St Laurence Church

Rev. Canon Chris Russell was schooled at a comprehensive school in Nottingham and after spending a year working at a church on a council estate in Birkenhead, went to Durham university where he did an¬†undergraduate degree in Theology [1988-91]. He then went to work for Paul Boateng MP as a researcher¬†[1991-93]. In 1993, he went to theological College to train for the Ordained Ministry at Ridley Hall. Whilst there he did an M Phil in Dogmatic Theology at Cambridge University. In 1996, he was ordained and served his title post at St Johns with Holy Trinity Deptford [Southwark]. Chris married Belinda in 1998. On the way to Reading, he served on staff at Soul Survivor Watford for a year, and in 2001 became vicar of St Laurence Reading. The church is in the centre of town and they began to work to the mandate of being a multi-generational community with a particular mission amongst young people. Chris’ First book, Ten Letters was published by DLT in 2012 and in July 2013, Chris was surprised, honoured and thrilled to be invited by Justin to serve him in this role as Adviser on Evangelism and Witness at Lambeth Palace. Chris & Belinda have three daughters [Hope, Jessie & Dora] and a very scruffy dog [Bernie]. He enjoys growing things [vegetables], chopping things [wood], listening to things [Dylan, Springsteen, Cash] and eating and drinking things in good company.

Cultivating Worshipful Youth

This course explores the importance of worship for youth. Theologians and pastors explore different facets of worship, why we do these things in worship and how to best implement them in youth worship services.

Four girls circled in prayer with their arms around each other Cultivating Student Leadership

This course explores the benefits and importance of providing leadership opportunities to students and empowering young people to take ownership of their youth programs.

Recruiting, Training and Supervising Youth Workers and Volunteers

Leading theologians and pastors discuss the importance of attracting, training and supervising both youth workers and volunteers to lead thriving youth groups.

Tending to the Mental Health of Adolescents

Leading theologians and pastors explore adolescent mental health and the role of youth ministry and the youth minister in supporting youth.

Integrating Youth Ministry into the Wider Congregation

This course explores the place of youth ministry within the congregation and how the church can better thrive when youth ministry is woven into its greater mission. Theologians and pastors offer advice on how to bring together different generations through worship, service, and preaching in ways that are beneficial for youth and adults alike.

Close up of a fish pendant necklace Offering Effective Pastoral Care

Theologians, philosophers, and pastors examine the importance of pastoral care to youth and their families as part of a robust youth ministry.

Group of teens framing a wall on a construction site Leading Transformative Service Days and Mission Trips

Leading theologians and pastors present a model for mission trips and offer practical advice on how to lead service days and mission trips that are truly transformative.

Yale Youth Ministry Institute