Michael P. Russell
National Organizer/Workshop Facilitator
Michael P. Russell has been training with Crossroads for fifteen years as an independent contractor but recently joined the staff as a National Organizer/Workshop Facilitator. Michael has a Masters of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and has completed post graduate studies at the Keller Graduate School of Business Management in Chicago IL. He is also president of SOUL, a grassroots coalition of faith-based organizations focused on economic justice, leadership training and political responsibility in Chicago?s Southland. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Michael has a call from the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA to do antiracism work with Crossroads. He co-authored Lazarus at the Gate: Writings and Reflections on Poverty and Wealth, a resource of the ELCA Poverty Ministries Networking program. Michael’s inspiration for his antiracism work is his spouse, Debra, their three children and grandson. He enjoys riding his motorcycle, reading comics, and spending time with his family.