Barbara Russell: JP's Co-Founder, Friend, & Servant

It was the spring of 1997. Myself, Barbara Russell, and Abi Foerster had a phone conversation about starting a mission trip tailored specifically for Junior High students. Within a few short months, the Jeremiah Project was born and we held our first work camps in the summer of 1998.


For the next 14 years, I worked alongside Barbara and Abi until Barbara’s sudden passing on July 3, 2011.


It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since Barb left us.

Barbara has been on my mind a lot in 2021. Truth be told, I think of her a lot during the spring and summer months every year because it was during those months that we worked side by side for the ministry of JP.



I realized earlier this year that there is an entire generation of JP campers and staffers that never knew Barbara. I can honestly say that they have missed out on knowing the wonderful person, gifted teacher, compassionate servant, loyal friend, and Jesus-follower that she was.


We hope this page created in honor of Barbara, will - in some small way - capture her love for others, passion for serving, and impact her life had on so many people. 


- Todd Freneaux


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