Elected public official celebrates 75th birthday and 50 years in church and community service
By J. Glover Sessions
The community of South Florida will celebrate the weekend festivities of (Ret.) Bishop Douglas Russell, Jr., a native of Pompano Beach, Fla. and one of the outstanding pioneer families of ministry, agriculture and landscaping and community service for his outstanding contributions throughout Florida. He presently serves as a countywide public elected official, Board of Supervisors for the Broward County Soil and Water Conservation District Group#34.
The host committee will sponsor a community breakfast Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at The Marriott Hotel North, 6650 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at 8:30 a.m.
Bishop Russell is the retired bishop of Historical Royal Assembly Church of the Living God, Inc., the land development of the first Black hospital, Providence Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He served as moderator of churches in Tifton and Lithonia, Ga. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
In celebrating his 50th birthday family, friends, community organizations, alumni and clergy will express accolades of appreciation on behalf of Men of Destiny Community Outreach, Inc., where he currently serves as the founder and president of this distinguished South Florida organization for empowering men spiritually, environmentally, and educationally, health, restoring families, economic development and preparation for outstanding community leadership.
He is married to the lovely Mrs. Shirley Jackson Russell and they are the proud parents of one son and numerous grandchildren.
The keynote speaker will be Reverend David E. Deal, Jr., B.S., M. Th., pastor of Every Christian Church and a member of Men of Destiny Community Outreach, Inc.
For further information, call the administrative office at (954) 549-8202 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.