In the preface to More than Sobriety, Regular Baptist Press author Pamela Russell says she was encouraged to “go beyond the church walls to reach people.” And so she has—in two ministries with international influence.
In 1980, Pam and her husband, Rick, met missionaries Jesse and Nettie Miller, who served with an Overseas Christian Servicemen’s Center in England. The Millers led Rick and Pam to salvation in Jesus Christ and then discipled them, teaching them to do the same—evangelize and disciple. Rick and Pam then served the Lord in military chapels wherever Rick was stationed. Additionally, they opened their home to singles in the military, and Pam led women’s Bible studies.
After Rick retired and the couple’s three children “left the nest,” Pam asked the Lord what He wanted her to do next. This led to her ministry with female inmates in a local jail. It didn’t take long to learn that most of the women were there on drug- or alcohol-related charges, says Pam. Her chaplain wanted her to start leading rehabilitation classes for those women. “I tell you,” says Pam, “that was the last thing I wanted to do.” But she did it, concluding that most Christian ministries offered only recovery at best. She knew firsthand that in Christ, former substance abusers can experience delivery, not just sobriety.
Her ministry and influence grew, and she started Almond Tree Ministry so others could use the materials she had developed and could benefit from her experience and insight. The ministry took off, becoming international in scope. Regular Baptist Press is in the process of publishing her counselor’s manual, More than Sobriety: Resources for Biblical Counseling, which is available for preorder. Pam is a commissioned chaplain with Regular Baptist Chaplaincy Ministries and is certified by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.
In April, Pam became Women’s Ministry director for the Capitol Commission. Like Pam, the individuals and churches involved with Capital Commission desire to evangelize and disciple, going beyond church walls to reach people. Additionally, the Commission encourages Christians to follow the Biblical mandate to pray for civil authorities. Pam points out that women make up a significant part of the Capitol Commission mission field, with more women holding elected office today than in any other time in history.