Pastor Russ Bechtold
Name & Title: Russ Bechtold - Assistant Pastor
Family: Married to Ginger for 44 years; we have 3 grown sons and 12 grandchildren
Testimony in two sentences or less: I turned my life over to Jesus at the age of 16 after learning that salvation is a free gift, not something I have to earn.
Favorite sports team: I don’t follow current sports, but historically I am a student of baseball in general and the Brooklyn Dodgers specifically.
Person I’d like to meet: Duke Snider and Jonathan Edwards
Favorite place you've been/place you'd like to go: For years we’ve worked on the art of being content wherever we are. We’re happy where we are and have no plans or desires to initiate a change or to see something else. Our travel plans always involve visiting family.
How did you wind up at Northwest: We were part of a house church for 15 years; when it disbanded in 1991, we began attending Northwest. We have lived in Mt. Prospect since 1980, and have always had a desire to be involved in the community.
Favorite Bible Character (besides Jesus): Daniel
Biblical miracle would you like to see first hand: The floating ax head in II Kings 6:6
Favorite movie: Ben Hur (I saw it a few days after I committed my life to Christ, and it really helped to solidify my faith). Tucker, Rudy, Hoosiers, Patton.
Favorite Character from movies/TV/books: Columbo
Favorite Pizza Toppings: I like the “garbage” or “deluxe” or whatever you call it pizza.
Secret skills/hidden talents: I love to mow the lawn using a hand (non-motorized) lawn mower.