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Our Mission: To be a unified body of believers that are true examples to our families, coworkers, friends and neighbors of God's love and favor.


Our Vision: To become our city's house of worship though cutting edge holistic ministry and service.


Triumphant Church was started by Bishop Billy T. Russell in 2008 out of The Bibleway Church. Back then, Bishop Russell envisioned a church that was truly welcoming to everyone, impacted it's community and brought people to the love of Jesus Christ. Today the legacy continues under the leadership of Pastor John Russell.  We are a church where everyone who wants Jesus (the God of the Bible) can worship and build community regardless of personal history, family background, or ethnicity. 

where we're headed

What's the bottom line? More than ever, Triumphant Church is committed to fostering a people built around the promises and principles of God. We are discipling Christians who become Champions.

what this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Triumphant Church. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith walk, you are always free to worship with us.


Innovator, Creative Mind and Gifted Communicator are words and phrases often used to describe John Russell. Son of Bishop Billy Russell and grandson of the late Bishop John Russell, Jr., he has been involved in building ministry all of his life.  Pastor John attended Durham Public Schools and North Carolina Central University. He also completed a degree in Nursing (ECPI University), and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology (APEX College of Theology). 


Being a third generation preacher, Pastor John has served at Triumphant Church, under his father, as a Musician, Creative Director, Executive Pastor and recently appointed Lead Pastor. He attributes his success in ministry and corporate America to the grace of God and the lessons taught by his parents and other mentors that have helped to guide and shape him throughout his life. Pastor John believes that "the Word of God should be taught and preached in a relevant way so that everyday people can apply it in their everyday lives". You will often hear him saying that “spirituality, without practicality is flawed preaching”.


Pastor John fosters a ministry that crosses generations, reaching those young and old, both near and far from God. His heart’s desire is to serve and minister in excellence to compel men and women from all walks of life (millionaire to welfare) to find their purpose in God through, Worship, Word and Service.

Finally, and most importantly Pastor John is married to the beautiful and talented Mrs. Kathy Norell Russell (Ennett) of Paterson, New Jersey. Their public love for one another serves as encouragement to couples and those aspiring to find love. Together, along with their daughter Ayanah, they enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, music and ministry.

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lady Kathy N. RUSsELL

Mrs. Kathy Norell Russell (Ennett) is a native of Paterson, New Jersey. She is the daughter of the late Ernest B. Ennett and Geneva N. Ennett who she describes as “wonderful, loving parents". Kathy serves alongside her husband and best friend, Pastor John L. Russell at Triumphant Church in Durham, NC. They have one daughter - Ayanah.

Her education includes a Bachelor in Nursing degree from North Carolina Central University and a dual master’s in Business Administration and Healthcare Management.  Her extensive career in the clinical research industry spans 20+ years and has afforded her the opportunity to to travel around the world; working with some of the greatest minds in medicine and research. 

Kathy’s passion is undoubtedly worshiping God in spirit and in truth!  And she does so in various capacities at Triumphant Church including Worship Leader, Women's Ministry Leader, and Intercessory Prayer Team Leader.  She also oversees the Operations of Triumphant.  In this role, Kathy ensures that the ministry's systems and processes are operating with excellence. When not focused on ministry she enjoys watching movies while eating her all-time favorite snack - popcorn, roller-skating, traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends.

She has devoted her life to serving God and serving God’s people. Kathy states: “It’s the least I can do for a God that has changed the course of my life in an amazing way!"

Her testimony scripture is: II Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”


Bishop Billy T. Russell is the Founder of Triumphant Church. He is a native of Durham, North Carolina, born to the late Bishop John Russell, Jr. & Mother Doris Russell. It was by divine appointment that he followed in the footsteps of his father when he acknowledged his call into the preaching ministry 25 years ago. Although he was raised in the church under an extremely strict traditional system, his pastoral ministry has been more non-traditional. Bishop Russell widened his spiritual parameters to reach the holistic needs of his members and the community. He believes that the Word of God, not the tradition of man (religion), has the power to change people. Bishop Russell’s ministry uniquely promotes reconciliation and redemption. Denominational and traditional affiliations do not lead his efforts in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His personal and down to earth approach to the Gospel makes an impact that crosses the boundaries of generations, culture, and class. The primary focus of his ministry epitomizes his motto, “God is the answer to the problems of the day.”


​Bishop Russell has been happily married to Drusilla Janette Charles Russell for over 30 years. From this union came 3 children, John, Adrian, and Desiree. They are the proud grandparents of 3 grandchildren.

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