Elder Russell C Bell
Appointed Pastor of State Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ on December 21, 2007 by Bishop James R. Wright Sr., Prelate of New York Western First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Churches of God in Christ worldwide, Elder Russell Clark Bell is taking the church to new heights as he endeavors to foster an atmosphere where God can have His way in His house. This faithful servant and man of God has the favor God and man resting upon his life. Elder Bell serves on the Bishop's Council of New York Western First Jurisdiction. After a brief time serving as vice president of the jurisdiction’s YPWW department, later the same year in December of 2012 he was elevated to the office of President of YPWW/Youth Department of the Jurisdiction. Elder Bell also serves as Superintendent of the #4 District of NY Western 1st Jurisdiction COGIC.
Called to the gospel ministry in 1986, he was ordained an Elder in 1992 by late General Board member Bishop Leroy R. Anderson. He served as an Assistant Pastor to the late, Supt. Arsell Bell Sr. Additionally he was president of the Young Men's Christian Council as well as the chairman of our annual Men's Day. As a youth growing up at State Tabernacle Russell Bell attended Sunday School, Young People Willing Workers Class (YPWW), and Bibleband. He also sang in and directed the Junior Choir. Brother Russell was appointed Jr. Deacon, YPWW teacher and later became the Men's Sunday School teacher. Russell Bell was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost on Saturday, October 27, 1972 during a Pastor and Wife's anniversary celebration of the late Supt. Arsell Bell (Youth Night) at the age of 11.
Born the second of three children to Mr Johnnie Lewis Bell and the late Mrs Areatha (Ferrell) Bell on June 15, 1961 in Buffalo, New York. Elder Russell Bell was married to the late Karen Yancey-Bell for eight years before her sudden demise in 2005. He married Tracey Sherrod of New Jersey in October 2009. October 2009 also marked the first official pastoral anniversary celebration for Pastor Bell.