Russell was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He got involved in sports early in life with his brothers, focusing on basketball. He was afforded an opportunity to play both college and professional basketball. It was in between professional teams that he was introduced to Jesus Christ and his need for Him. After accepting Christ, his passion for competing in sports diminished greatly and he sought to work with inner-city high school students in Mobile.
Russell and his wife Toya were married in 2000 and have a son named Zion and a daughter named Bria. Russell began working in ministry in 2005 with Young Life Ministries. He moved to Memphis in 2010 to continue to work in ministry. Russell is now Outpost Pastor at Fellowship Germantown. He has a Master of Arts degree from Easter University and a Master of Divinity degree from Mid-America Seminary.