Steve did an incredible job! Not only was he a great communicator on the stage, he was extremely gracious to speak with people afterwards. We are honored he came and appreciate his love for God and his desire to see people come to faith in Christ!
Steve Russell brings unique experiences perhaps like no other when it comes to leadership. Whether serving as a soldier, national speaker, critically acclaimed author, small businessman, aviator, pastor or serving the public as a US Congressman, Steve Russell draws on his varied and enormous wealth of experiences to convey what it takes to build teams, lead them and get difficult things done.
Russell is the author of "We Got Him! A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein." The late Robin Moore, author of The Green Berets and The French Connection praised Russell's book as "an extraordinary personal glimpse of the war. A monumental credit to himself, his troops, and the United States of America," while General Tommy Franks calls it "a moving, gripping account of one of the most remarkable achievements of soldiering in a generation."
Russell has also been the subject of more than a half dozen documentaries and is widely known for his leadership, national security and foreign policy expertise. Through expert storytelling, he captivates audiences with the recounting of his personal experiences as a leader in the hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein while inspiring them with a message of hope.
Not some academic theorist, Russell draws on a lifetime of success in many fields whether battlefields, competitive business, public service, or the mission field. He can also provide expert guidance on the fundamentals of leadership, team-building, goal setting, negotiation, decision making under pressure, and follow-through until the task is complete.
Russell has a bachelors degree in Public Speaking and a masters degree in History. He retired from the US Army as a combat infantryman serving in Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has been decorated for valor, meritorious achievement and service and is a graduate of both the US Army Ranger and Airborne schools. He founded Two Rivers Arms, a rifle manufacturing business whose Iraqi rifles were featured in Clint Eastwood's film "American Sniper." He served as both an Oklahoma State Senator and as a US Congressman. He has served as a youth, teaching and discipleship, and executive pastor.
Russell currently serves as the President and CEO of Jungle Aviation and Relay Service (JAARS), a 75-year mission aviation and support organization. He married his college sweetheart, has five grown children, three of whom are adopted and has three grandchildren. He believes that our legacy is not what we accomplish, but who we disciple and mentor to carry on the work.
Featured Keynote Program
Faith under Fire
How do you deal with the worst that human beings have to offer and keep your faith? How does one take human life and have peace of mind? How do you deal with fear in battle or hardship? How do you mourn the loss of friends as a result of tragedy? These are the tough questions few ever address. This program is hard-hitting and takes on the toughest challenges of faith and combat. This program is well-suited for the corporate world as well when dealing with returning veterans and PTSD related issues.
I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful presentation Sunday at the AASB conference in Orange Beach, AL. I can honestly say that it was the most inspiring leadership presentations I have ever heard. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and most importantly how your faith in Christ has shaped the person you are
What a great story of determination, faith and courage. His professionalism, patriotism and character were impeccable. I would highly recommend him! We intended to honor those who serve our country and Steve couldn't have been a better choice.
Recently we had Col. Steve Russell to tell his story during a major event at First Redeemer Church. Out of all the guests, he is the one speaker that the people wanted us to bring back as soon as possible. I highly recommend him!
Steve has an engaging, real-life, courageous story to tell. He has a unique ability to captivate the audience, keep their attention, and bring them into the events as though they were actually there. Steve’s passion, leadership, and integrity shine through as he communicates a historical event. A must hear for those who love freedom!
"Steve Russell was by far THE BEST speaker to address our diverse group for Veterans Day in over 10 years. He was outstanding !!!! His presentation on stage was powerful.Steve captivated the entire audience of over 700 from high school freshmen to World War II veterans. His passionate speech in support of our troops and the discussion regarding the capture of Saddam Hussein is still the talk of the entire school
Steve Russell did an outstanding job at our Community Leaders Prayer Breakfast. We have received numerous comments, verbal and written on the outstanding job he did. "Wonderful, inspiring, the best program yet, he change my life" are some that come to mind. Our County Sheriff said it was "over the top." Our Congressman went out of his way to rave about the presentation.
Steve Russell did an outstanding job at our Community Leaders Prayer Breakfast. Our Congressman went out of his way to rave about the presentation. Thanks for your help in making this a very successful event.
"Steve was a tremendous blessing to our fellowship. He is a class act and a true patriot. He is an awesome speaker and has a compelling message. His message goes much deeper than the mere capture of Saddam. He is a Christian and a Patriot, a soldier and a family man...We highly recommend him. He can stand in many arenas with intelligence and power. Truly inspiring! Makes us proud to be an American, and proud of the caliber of our fighting men on the front lines fight terror."