Niche historian, writer and preacher Rev. Russell pursues radical mercy, a cynicism of hope, and a grateful exhaustion of meaning on the shores of the Salton Sea in the Southern California desert South of the Coachella festival grounds and just North of the Great, Great Wall construction site. He is a founding minister with Debbie Blue at House of Mercy church in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His most recent book, The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea: Monuments, Missteps and the Audacity of Ambition (Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2017) is the first in his Salton Sea Trilogy.