FCAW Board Member
Senior Pastor, Battle Ground Foursquare Church; Author
4x NCAA Champion; USA Olympic Team Coach
Dan is passionate about the mission and vision of FCAW and says, "I am proud to be a part of such an amazing movement to reach the wrestling world for Jesus Christ."
As a four-time NCAA Wrestling Champion, a four-time Academic All American, and the 1995 Unofficial Wrestling Champion of the World, Dan has had the opportunity to represent the United States in 44 nations. He was also part of the USA Wrestling National Coaching Staff and was an Olympic Coach at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Dan was installed as Senior Pastor of Battle Ground Foursquare Church n 2007. He and his wife Joy, an active pastor and worship leader on staff, have four children: son Ryan and daughters Sarah, Dani and Hannah. The 15 years prior to coming to Battle Ground, Dan was a Pastor of Student Ministries, serving the last seven years at East Hill Foursquare Church in Gresham, Oregon. Dan is currently serving the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel as a representative for church planting in Clark County, Washington.
Dan is an accomplished motivational speaker. A successful athletic career and years of experience working in the church have provided a relevant foundation for Dan's ministry. He has an amazing testimony of God's grace and compassion. He has traveled extensively sharing his testimony in churches, schools, and sports arenas. Working with men, women, and young people, Dan's ability to encourage adults and students as a role model has been a gift to the body of Christ.
Dan has a passion to see people step into their ministry calling no matter the cost, working to train up leaders and pastors around the world. He calls leaders to step into their ministry calling with faith and courage. As the Senior Pastor of Battle Ground Foursquare Church, Dan hopes to ignite his community with the love of Christ, bringing hope, encouragement and practical help to those in need. His desire is to see the united body of Christ -- those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior -- begin to reach out in simple acts of kindness and faith to impact their culture with the grace of God.
Most recently, Dan has authored the book, "Finish Strong: The Dan Russell Story" — an incredible story of a driven man’s pursuit of success and finding purpose when all seems lost. It is the story of a wrestler, struggling not just against his opponents in the ring, but to discover what makes a true champion.