About Us

Russ Emanuel is the Lead Pastor at Olive Grove Church in Clinton, NC. He & his wife, Chrissy, began their journey of starting a new church in 2011. Beginning with only six adults & eight children, they first met in a rented building in Shannon, NC. Together, they have witnessed God grow their ministry in a phenomenal way by launching Olive Grove in a renovated building on Thanksgiving Day 2012 in Clinton, NC.​ 


Their passion is to extend grace to all people by demonstrating a real Jesus, to real people, in a real way. Through a genuine style of transparent preaching & teaching, Pastor Russ uses a relevant message conveyed through a lens of real life. They have a sincere passion to see the lives of people changed and raised to a new life in Christ. Pastor Russ & Chrissy share a deep desire to reach their community & city, they believe this missional message is conveyed to other people through the lens of the local church. Olive Grove Church is just a platform to share the good news of Jesus to the entire world!