About Rev. Anne Russ


Hi, I’m Anne.

I believe that, when it comes to the journey of faith, the struggle is real, but it’s a journey worth the struggle. I also believe that a faith that struggles with questions is always stronger than a faith that never asks any.

I have been a progressive, inclusive Christian since before there were words to describe me as such. I have no dramatic conversion story to tell. No tale of being burned by the church or leaving and finding my way back. I have always felt like I belonged in church, and because of that, it hurts my heart beyond belief that so many people cannot say the same. If any church has ever made you feel like you were not okay or not enough, they are wrong…because you are fabulous and plenty.  My call in life is to encourage people along their faith journey, find ways to create community and make sure all people know that they are deeply loved by the God who created them.

I started the Doubting Believer blog and our new member community to harness the power of the inter webs to aid in that calling.

I graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston (which has recently been imbedded at Yale in New Haven). I’ve been an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA for 15 years and have done a lot of small church pastoring, worship directing, keynote speaking, music leading and workshop offering. I’ve also become pretty handy with a plunger and well-versed in the many uses of duct tape.  I have served on the board of Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center and have spent a week chaplaining there every summer for many years. I love me some camp.

My mom (Nancy) and I are authors of two books, Was the Funeral Fun? and What’s More Fun than a Funeral?  I actually do a really good funeral. It’s one of my best ministry events. 

There is an award given in my name to the graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock who “most reminds us that this is supposed to be fun.” Although, I hear they’ve sanitized the wording a bit, and morphed it into the most “enthusiastic” student….which I definitely was not. I need to follow up on that.

I believe strongly in the opening words of the Westminster Shorter Catechism; that our goal in life is to glorify God and enjoy God forever.

I have a husband who has put up with me for 20 years, and we have a drama queen (literally works as a professional party princess and is headed to Syracuse for a musical theater BFA in the fall) teenage daughter.

I hope you find Doubting Believer to be a place where you can engage and connect with God and with a community of believers.  We all need community. No-one makes it out of this life alive, and no one can get through it alone.

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