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Russ Painter

Russ Painter

I surrendered my life to Jesus in 7th grade, at a youth retreat. A few years later, I received the baptism in the Spirit at a local coffeehouse. Through those early years I was blessed to lead home groups, teach the Word, counsel, lead worship, and share the gospel through music, drama, and many other means. In 1978 I married my lovely wife Debbie, who has been an unfailing help and support all these years. We are blessed with three children, all now adults.

In the late 80ís, Mark Chironna prophesied my destiny as a prophet, so I embarked on a season of training under the ministry of Bishop Bill Hamon, Christian International, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Throughout the 90ís I ministered prophetically and served in various other capacities within the context of the local church, which included public recognition as a prophet and elder at Christ Fellowship, Elizabeth NJ.

After the turn of the millennium, the Lord began directing me back to His foundational life-calling: to disciple His people. As a result, I developed a prophetic discipleship program which gave me the privilege of personally serving over 30 people, helping them grow in their sensitivity and obedience to the voice of the Lord.

In 2005 it became clear that the Lord was directing us to look beyond the local church setting and prepare to serve the wider body of Christ in our region, and so in July of 2006 we were officially released from our local church (Christ Fellowship) to begin our own trans-local ministries: ETR Destiny and FireSong.

We began serving at the Harvest Training Center, Cranford NJ, helping to build a 24/7 regional house of prayer (The Furnace House of Prayer) and offering a twice yearly Kingdom Discipleship/Prophetic Training course.  Graduates of this course can participate in the Prophetic Rooms ministry at the Furnace, which serves dozens of people every month.

In addition to the Harvest Center and the Furnace,  we also aligned ourselves with other local and international ministries: Metro Apostolic Network, lead by Bishop Frank Dupree, and Glory of Zion, directed by Chuck Pierce.  It's also my privilege and pleasure to serve on the Advisory Council for Metro, and the Board of Directors for Street Life Ministries, directed by my good friend David Van Fleet.

In February of 2009, I was honored to receive ordination by Bishop Dupree, under the auspices of Metro Apostolic Network.

As Director of ETR Destiny, my role is to equip whoever the Lord directs our way, and develop suitable training/activation materials for that purpose. Iím also looking to reproduce myself through training others to do what I do, i.e. helping believers learn to hear and obey the voice of God.

As regards FireSong, my role involves ongoing equipping of our musicians, singers and ministers so that we might serve the body of Christ more effectively, as well leading both prophetically and musically wherever we are invited to minister. I also handle various administrative functions including booking.



Russ Painter
ETR Destiny / FireSong Ministries
69 Myrtle Avenue

Cranford , NJ , 07016 USA

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