An important member of the MPC staff you may have never seen is our Sexton, Russell Jackson. Russell is responsible for keeping this place clean from week to week and for doing all the routine maintenance around the church. He works the evening shift, after most of us have gone, locking up the building and setting the security alarm. If you come into the building some evening and see the sign that says, "Russell is not here tonight," you will quickly learn to appreciate all he does for us as you count how many light switches are left on and how many doors need to be checked and locked before you can go home. He works six days a week—think about the mess one hundred or more of us can make on a Sunday that must be cleaned up before the ELC children show up on Monday morning!
Russell is officially supervised by the Property Ministry Team, and they generally leave him a list of minor repairs that need to be done. On a day-to-day basis, our office manager relays our custodial requests to him. If you see something that needs attention, please leave a note for the office manager. He is not responsible for the outside of the building, but he picks up trash nearly every day, keeps the sidewalks clear of snow and ice in the winter, and occasionally paints lines on the parking lot.
Russell worked at Metz Middle School for several years before joining MPC in August of 1999. He really thinks of the church as "his" building and is proud to keep it in tip-top shape. If you meet him in the hallways, please thank him for keeping our church looking great!