by Shane Russo
Anytime someone new enters a community, there is always speculation about who they are. What makes them tick? Why are they here? Is he single? I am happy to say that the answer to the last question is an emphatic and thankful NO! As I get to know all of you here at Girard First UMC more, I think it is a good idea to give you some insight into who I am.
My name is Shane Russo, and I am the Connections Coordinator at Girard First UMC. I am married to a spectacular woman named Angela. If you are reading this before June ’16, then we have two boys: Carmen (3) and Emmett (1). We have another boy on the way. I am seeking a Masters of Divinity From Ashland Theological Seminary. I am also a Certified Candidate in the United Methodist Church
What is a Connection Coordinator you ask? Simply put, I get to know the people in the church and get them connected with the ministries and other people of the church.
At this point, I’ll bet many of you are wondering where the juicy bits are. Without further adieu, here are five things you need to know about me:
1. I am not nearly as young as I look.
I’m not going to tell you exactly how old I am. There are resources out there to find such information. But, suffice it to say that my boyish good looks hide the fact that I have seen some stuff in my day! What that means for many of you is that I can probably relate to you better than you might expect a “youngster” to be able to do. Having two toddlers and a child on the way help me hide my true age too. J
2. I like to have fun and joke around.
One of the first things my friends and family wondered when I entered seminary was if I would have to tone down my sense of humor. For some reason, people think that if you are religious, then you must be boring. Spend more than 5 minutes with me and you’ll probably put that notion to bed. Either that, or you’ll wonder what the screening process really is to get into seminary.
3. I am a big nerd and a little geek.
Science Fiction? Love it. High Fantasy? Love it. Star Trek, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Files, Marvel, DC, video games? Love them all. I’m a Playstation guy (sorry Xbox peeps!). I have a collection of nerd gear that expands with every passing month. I also love technology, but I am not as geeky as I’d like to be. I used to be able to get inside the tech and alter it. Now, I just like to use it.
4. I am a follower of Christ who thinks love is the way.
I have seen the power of love rescue a boy from the brink of suicide. I have seen love repair relationships that seemed broken beyond reckoning. I have seen love cast out fear. I have seen love give courage when it was needed most. I have seen what love can accomplish. Love may put us in harm’s way from time to time, but collective love is still longer lasting and stronger than fear and hate. I believe this with every ounce of my fiber.
5. I am a questioner.
When it comes to asking questions, nothing is off limits with me. How else are we ever going to know anything unless we ask the tough questions? Does that mean I have everything figured out? Heck no! But, I am willing to seek answers even as I know that there are a great many things that I will not know. As a questioner, I tend to make people uncomfortable sometimes. Don’t worry, my questions don’t have to rub off on you!!