Lue Russell, Th.D., is a passionate lionhearted woman. As chapter chairwoman of the National Congress of Black Women and state organizer with the PICO National Network, Russell fights for equality, justice, and change within the Black community throughout in Louisiana. She is also the pastor and executive overseer of ministry fellowship at Hearts of Fire Ministry in Hammond, La.
Born in Tunica, La., Russell attended Xavier University and Trinity Christian University. Beyond her formal studies is the conviction she has to help her community grow.
“It is not even as simple as ‘I want to be a leading voice.’ It is not and never was my desire. I’d much rather simply be home and be my husband’s wife and my children’s mother, but . . . I am a minister of the gospel and have been called to an assignment and I am answering my call. God has a way of taking you places you can’t even imagine, and he prepares you. He does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called.”
Russell said she finds her joy in answering her call to help the Black community. This has allowed her to create initiatives to meet the needs of her community, and to hold leadership positions in several national as well as local programs. For that, she is a Woman to Watch.
Meet Apostle Lue Russell, Th.D., 56. (Read “Called to Fight, serve, and minister” by Hailey Zamora)
Professional title: Chapter chairwoman, National Congress of Black Women, Greater Baton Rouge Region Chapter, state organizer, The Micah Project/PICO National Network, and founder, Hearts of Fire Ministries and Hearts of Fire Five Fold Fellowship Alliance where I serve as chairman of the Board.
What music are you dancing to? “God is on Your Side” by Leandria Johnson and Mississippi Mass Choir. I love Gospel and ‘60s Soul music.
What are you reading? The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and Fit for YOUR Assignment by Reina Olmeda
Mentors or Role Models: Dr. E. Faye Williams, Prophetess Debra Morton
Moves made : Appointed statewide Organizer for Micah Project and PICO National Network working to organize people of faith around social issues that affect families of color in Louisiana particularly childhood obesity and mass incarceration.
Appointed Host Committee Chairwoman, for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and was instrumental in securing this Conference to be held in Baton Rouge July 23-26, 2015.
Organized and structured the Greater Baton Rouge Region Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women
Organized, coordinated and hosted a Summit on the State of Families of Color in Louisiana at Southern University Feb 27, 2015. Work began in 2014 including the commission and oversight of a study by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Southern University that verified the structured injustice and deep rooted racist inequalities that drives many of the problems in communities of color. The Summit was called to develop solutions to the problems the study revealed.
What to expect from you: I will be working to organize a Clergy Table of Leaders that will serve as the voice of the people of Baton Rouge as we prepare to address unjust public policy and laws that govern mass incarceration in this state. At the same time I will be working to mobilize congregations and pastors to work with their members and community to prepare them to vote by assuring they are registered, trained on how to vote and then transport them to voting polls. Teaching as many as we can reach the necessity of voting that we can build power across this state.
Will continue my work with the National Congress of Black Women to move forward in serving Black women and their children by removing or addressing barriers that prevent families of color from doing well. Our focus is to assure that all communities of Louisiana have healthy children and thriving families.
Celebrating my 10-year pastoral anniversary May 31, 2015.
Personal Resolution: My personal resolution is to continue to march for justice, to love and enjoy family and friends as much as possible and to stand with my husband, Rev. Terry Russell, in our ministry and works across the state. To spend as much time as possible with my two daughters, an attorney and a network administrator.
Business/Company Resolution :
To build our Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women to be one of the most impactful and active chapters in the country. To create a movement for justice as I work to organize faith leaders across the state and to reach souls for Christ through our ministry, Hearts of Fire!
Life/business motto: Success is to be measured not so much by what one has attained in life as to the obstacles he has had to overcome while trying to succeed recognizing that only what you do for Christ shall last.
Where to find you online?
Dr. Lue Russell on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.