As chief operating officer, Lawrence Russell serves as part of the Lausanne senior leadership team and manages the international operational and financial systems of the Movement.
In his over 40 years of ministry, he has served as director of youth guidance with Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ, lived and served in Germany for ten years as the European field director with MCYM, a joint ministry of YFC and Young Life, and was the director of World Outreach and the director of technology and learning organization systems for Youth for Christ USA.
Since 2005, he has been in a variety of roles with Lausanne including operational director of the Younger Leaders Gathering(s) of 2006 and 2016 and associate director of Cape Town 2010. He holds a BA from Huntington University and did graduate work in clinical psychology at Illinois State University.
He is married to Patricia who ministers as pastor of spiritual formation at Elizabeth Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, Colorado. She also has an ongoing spiritual formation ministry to women in Asia and serves as a spiritual director in the Denver area. They reside in Franktown, Colorado.