Minister

Russell Braund

Russell joined the team at Emmanuel as minister at the beginning of August 2016. He was previously at Horley Baptist Church in Surrey, and prior to becoming a minister worked in primary education for 22 years as a teacher and then head teacher. During that time Russell and Wendy were members of Bessels Green Baptist Church, who recognised Russell’s call to ministry and sponsored him through college.

Russell and Wendy have been married for 36 years and have five children and seven grandchildren. Family is important to them both, so they spend quite a bit of time travelling on motorways or having family sleep-overs! They are also fans of Agatha Christie, Morse, Lewis and Endeavor.

Recent Posts

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We have entered a new and uncertain era in the history of our nation and in the history of the world. This is not being dramatic and it does feel…

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I was reading the account of the temptations of Jesus this week. It is easy to think you know all there is to know about such a familiar passage. We…

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In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this…

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29th November 2020 Russell Braund

First Sunday in Advent

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Light in the darkness. Genesis 3:1-13 Do you remember Bazooka Joe’s? If you do, you are a ‘60s kid. For the uninitiated, Bazooka Joe’s were a bright pink lump of bubble gum which contained a tiny comic strip inside the wrapper - and my mum wouldn’t let me have it. It was full of sugar…
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8th November 2020 Russell Braund

Remembrance Sunday 2020

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Isaiah 2:2-5; John 14:27 ‘We will remember them. Lest we forget. Our glorious dead.’ On the gates of the memorial garden in Horley are the words ‘Their name liveth evermore.’ These different phrases are spoken every year at this time both on Remembrance Sunday and on 11th November as ceremonies taking place at memorials across…
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25th October 2020 Russell Braund

Church – but not as we know it: fellowship

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In 1993 I was asked to apply for the headship of a particular Church of England school. It was associated with the local parish church which is High Anglican. That means it is Catholic in practice but still within the Anglican communion. I really wasn’t sure about this as an evangelical Baptist. Was Catholic Christianity…
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