Russ Hersman

Russ Hersman was appointed the Chief Operations Officer of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA in 2012, giving leadership to the Executive Team. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for seven years and spent five years in the Personnel department, first as the personnel administrator for the Pacific and Eurasia Areas and then as the director.  During his twenty-one-year sojourn in Africa, Russ acted as linguist/translator, office manager, support services manager, and branch director, in addition to serving several terms on the executive committees in Sudan and Kenya. He has also served on Wycliffe USA’s Board, Wycliffe Associates’ Board, and the Missio Nexus Board of Directors (formerly known as the Evangelical Foreign Mission Association).


Russ has been married to Lynda since 1972. They have been faithfully commissioned and supported by Lake City Community Church of Lakewood, Washington, since the beginning. Russ and Lynda have three adult children: Pam (married to Matt), Erik (married to Rinnie), and Amy (married to Chris). They also have seven grandchildren and three dogs, all of whom are doted on accordingly.