Russ Claassen is the Southern District Conference youth minister and serves with USMB Youth, the national youth leadership team. Claassen graduated from Tabor College in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and from Denver Seminary in 1999 with a master's degree in youth and family ministry. he has 20 years of experience working with youth and families in the church and camp ministry settings. He and his wife, Chandelle, have two sons and live in Newton, Kansas.
The Christian Leader, published bimonthly by the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (USMB), connects the USMB family, celebrates our Lord Jesus Christ and cultivates discipleship as understood in the evangelical/Anabaptist tradition.