Russell has been the Vicar of Ewell since 2009. He read physics at Magdalen College, Oxford, and worked briefly as an IT consultant before going to study theology at Westcott House and Selwyn College, Cambridge. Ordained priest in 2004, Russell served his title as a curate in rural Oxfordshire in the villages of Blewbury, Hagbourne, and Upton, after which he was Priest-in-Charge of the parish of St Frideswide’s with Binsey in Oxford. While in Oxford he was also Catechist and Assistant Chaplain of Exeter College, Web Pastor of the Diocese’s i-church project, and Executive Assistant to the Archdeacon of Oxford. At the same time he also studied for a Master’s degree in Canon Law at Cardiff University.
As well as being Vicar of Ewell, Russell’s wider church involvement includes membership of the Ecclesiastical Law Society, where he currently serves as chair of the communications committee. He is a member of the Colloquium of Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers, presenting papers in Rome in 2017 and 2019 and in Oxford in 2018. Russell is a fellow of the Cardiff Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff University, and he has taught on the masters’ degree course there.
Russell’s interests include ancient history (he has published articles on St Augustine), and the history of ecclesiastical law. Russell was co-editor of and contributor to “Binsey: Oxford’s Holy Place“, published by Archaeopress in 2014. He also enjoys birdwatching and playing board games.
He writes, “There is so much I love about St Mary’s Ewell: the people, first and foremost. I love that fact that it is a parish church, rooted in the community. We combine traditional services with catholic liturgy and fine choral music, on the one hand, with accessible and interactive services and activities for children and young families on the other. It is a wonderful church, and I am privileged to belong to it and lead it.”
Russell is married with a young son.