|Russ Resnik encountered Jesus as Lord and Messiah in the early 70s as a young radical in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Later, he was drawn into the Messianic Jewish movement and founded Adat Yeshua, a Messianic congregation in Albuquerque, NM, which he led for nearly 20 years. He later served for 17 years as executive director of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), an association dedicated to uniting and strengthening Jewish congregations that honor Yeshua the Messiah of Israel. Today, Russ continues as UMJC Rabbinic Counsel, teaching, consulting and serving as a rabbi to the rabbis of the Messianic Jewish community.
Russ also maintains credentials and a local practice as a clinical mental health counselor. He has an international speaking and teaching ministry, contributes regularly to Messianic Jewish publications, and is the author of Gateways to Torah: Joining the Ancient Conversation on the Weekly Portion, Creation to Completion: A Guide to Life’s Journey from the Five Books of Moses, and Divine Reversal: The Transforming Ethics of Jesus. Russ and his wife Jane live in Albuquerque and have four children and seven grandchildren.