Russ Rosser Legacy Partnership

Carmel Baptist Church/Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Charlotte

Dr. Russ Rosser shepherded the adult ministries of Carmel from 2003 until his death in March of 2012. Russ was a husband to Carol for 47 ½ years. He was a father to Julie, Shelley, and David. And he was Papa to five grandchildren, who were the apple of his eye. And outside his immediate family, Russ was a pastor to countless thousands of people in his 54 years of pastoral ministry.

Russ epitomized what it meant to be a shepherd. He understood that spiritual development and life transformation took years of walking along side people through the good times and the bad. Listen to Russ’ own words on the subject in a devotional that he wrote for Gordon Conwell-Theological Seminary only a couple of months before his death. Russ writes:

Jesus Christ personifies Grace and Truth. As a mentor of men and women attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, my purpose was to model His grace and truth in their lives, demonstrating humility and the proclamation of the gospel. As a mentor, I was a brain to pick, a shoulder to cry on and sometimes the deliverer of a good swift kick.

Mentoring God's servants takes sacrifice. However, nothing is really lost by a life of sacrifice; everything is lost by failure to obey God's call. God led me into mentoring over two decades ago and this has brought the greatest joy because in serving his people, I am serving Jesus.

In honor of Russ’ lifetime commitment to raising up leaders and shepherding God’s flock, Carmel is excited to announce the Russ Rosser Legacy Partnership between Carmel Baptist Church and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte. It was always Russ’ dream that the church and seminary would work hand and glove together to raise up leaders for the work of the ministry. And that dream has now become a reality. 

Below are the three key aspects of the Russ Rosser Legacy Partnership:


For questions on this partnership, the Carmel contact is Dr. Allison Littauer at