Russell Dean was born in Montgomery and grew up in Jackson, Alabama. In 1974, he married his high school sweetheart, Amy Morton. Graduating from Auburn in 1975 with a degree in Mass Communications, he didn’t know that degree would prove useful thirty years later in 2005. Russell was a high school football and baseball coach for seven years at Jackson High School. He was fortunate to be on the 1979 football staff that won the AAA State Championship. Several years later he became the sales manager with New York Life in Mobile.
After graduating from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1989, he served churches in Louisiana and Alabama before coming on board with Faith Radio in February of 2005.
Russell and Amy have three grown children. Sam and wife, Sherise, live in Eclectic with daughters, Elin and Ava. He serves full time with the Alabama National Guard. Benjamin, and wife, Leslie, work for a military contractor at Fort Rucker while living in Enterprise. Emily is a math instructor at Auburn High School. She and her husband, Devin, have four children: Dean, Emma James, Preston and Brooks.