Dr. Russell K. Elleven served as Westside’s minister from 2005 to 2013. He began as a contract minister and was then called, first to part time, and then to full time service. Previously Russell had work for 17 years in higher education as an administrator and professor having earned degrees from TCU, Vanderbilt, the University of North Texas, and Meadville Lombard Theological School.
Russell is a two time cancer survivor and continues to be a college football fanatic. He currently resides in the Chicagoland area of Illinois with his spouse, Gayle.