Chelan Rene’ Russ

Chelan Rene’ Russ prayed for a passion in 2009 that would right a wrong in this world. Her answer came the following year when God fueled her desire to move from Austin to Portland to lead an anti-trafficking movement in her home state. He gave her all she needed to pioneer three annual 5k’s and organize additional events, boosting awareness and hope. 

Chelan then became a certified Presenter of “Deceptions”, an awareness curriculum for middle and high schoolers; a certified Mentor for Abolition Now’s “Hands of Hope” Program; and the Founder of “Break Free”, a monthly evening spent in prayer for survivors and other leaders. She also loves being a contributing author for Rebecca Bender Initiative.

At any given moment, Chelan can be found singing, snapping photos or cooking. As a team, she and her husband Ricky Russ live a fun and risky life for Jesus, raising their two kiddos in Oregon’s gorgeous wine country.