Russ Thompson

Preschool Ministries Coordinator

Before coming on staff, Russ volunteered in the children’s ministry and served as the Children’s Committee Chairman for several years.  

Russ grew up in Hershey, NE in a family of 5 boys.  The family was a charter member of the Hershey Baptist Church where Russ attended Sunday School and gave his life to Jesus in the Wednesday night Awana program.

On February 4, 1995, he married his best friend, Tonya.  Not having had children of their own, they  have enjoyed many children over the years here at GI Free.  They also love their three dogs which include  an Australian Shepherd mix, a Münsterländer Lab mix, and a Toy Yorkie.  

Russ graduated from Grace Bible College in 2016  with an associate degree in Leadership and Ministry.  He came on staff part time here at GI Free soon after while maintaining his full-time job with VVS Canteen as an assistant manager.  

Favorite books:

Books by John Maxwell.  My favorite is probably “The Winning Attitude”.  I really believe that you must control your attitude, or it will control you.

Favorite verses:

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God has it all planned out; my job is to just listen and obey.

Favorite movie:

Back to the Future Trilogy

Favorite store:

Lately, I would have to say, Home Depot - they have some really cool tools.


Camping and hanging out with Tonya and our dogs.