Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:18am
Russell M. Fuller was born in 1924 and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He married Barbara Stauffer in 1948 and they both attended the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago. After moving to Ann Arbor, they became active in the Civil Rights and anti-war movements and in 1965 they helped found the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. Russ was chairman of the Human Relations Commission in the late 1960s. He also served as pastor of Memorial Christian Church for 40 years, retiring in 1995. Russ passed away in 2020, six years after Barbara.
Russ Fuller was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2015 as part of the Legacies Project.
Ann Arbor News, September 6, 1969
New Addition Near Completion The new educational unit for Memorial Christian Church is expected to be complete and ready for use by the first of November. The addition will provide educational facilities and office space. The cost of the new structure is about $100,000. The architect for the work is Stanley Bragg, and the contractor is Jeffress-Dyer.
Ann Arbor News, March 6, 1959
Help Remodel Church: Members of Memorial Christian Church help refinish pews and do painting in the church sanctuary, contributing their services.
Ann Arbor News, February 2, 1953
Church Workshop Begins: Delegates from southeastern Michigan met in Ann Arbor today for a workshop sponsored by the United Church Women of Ann Arbor. Mrs. John C. Young (left), Royal Oak, state executive secretary, watches as Mrs. T. Thomas Wylie (center), Kalamazoo, receives a name tag. Pinning it on is Mrs. William F. Bender, Ann Arbor president. Mrs. Wylie was the featured speaker at the day-long meeting at Memorial Christian Church.