The annual Ash Wednesday Breakfast at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church presents Dr. Matthew Russell, St. Paul’s senior associate minister for Faith Formation.

Open to all, serving begins at 7 a.m. on February 18 in Fondren Hall, second floor Jones Building. Cost: $5/person. Childcare will be available.

In addition to his leadership role with Faith Formation, Russell preaches at the 9:45 Sunday worship service and leads community-building and social entrepreneur ventures.

Formerly a professor of Practical Theology and Community Development at Duke Divinity, he recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Divinity where he explored redemptive narratives and reconciliation movements within Europe.

Prior to Cambridge he was the Associate Director at Texas Tech University’s Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery. In 1996 at Houston’s Chapelwood UMC, Russell founded Mercy Street, a spiritual community for recovering addicts and people who hated church. The Mercy Street community grew to more than 900 people, including 30 community volunteer teams.

The breakfast is hosted by the St. Paul’s Men’s Lectionary Bible Study that is led by senior minister Rev. Tommy Williams every Wednesday at 7 a.m.