The ministry's mission is to cultivate a movement of compassion for the lost throughout the church, making a significant impact on Christians who don't share their faith. This revitalized compassion, ultimately provided by the Holy Spirit, will empower Christians to begin sharing their faith with confident assurance. In return, more souls are saved and Jesus Christ is glorified.
"Voicebox Ministries" Brand
We chose "Voicebox Ministries" because it aligns perfectly with the mission of the ministry. It is God's desire that no one should perish (2 Peter 3:9); so winning souls for the Lord is the ultimate goal. Since the Holy Spirit does "the saving" our duty as Christians is to "tell the world" the good news of the gospel.
The word "Voicebox" can be broken down in many ways, all of which fit perfectly into the mission of the ministry. First, the word "Voicebox" is synonymous with the larynx, located in the upper part of the trachea in humans where your voice is produced using the vocal chords. Using our "voice" to proclaim the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit is what God desires. Simply put, in order to share the gospel you have to use your "voice".
The word "box" is used in association with Christians "stepping out of the box" to share their faith. "The box" is a word picture that represents a Christian's comfort zone and is a vital part of the Voicebox brand. A heart pierces the box, symbolic of the vitalized compassion for the lost imbedded into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. This compassion compels the Christian to break out of the box (comfort zone) to share the gospel, often for the first time.
A cross is illustrated underneath the bottom point of the heart. This aspect of the brand speaks to Christ and His work on the cross being the catalyst for each Christian stepping out to share the gospel.
Founded Voicebox Ministries with the desire to honor God by encouraging and equipping Christians to share the gospel. Russ' passion is helping Christians understand the privilege and importance of personal evangelism in their lives. In 1991 Russ graduated from the University of Central Florida where he also played football for the UCF Knights as a punter. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Liberty University.
Russ has served as a missionary to the countries of Bulgaria and Romania, a chaplain for the United States Auto Club (USAC) Carolina Ford Focus Midget Series, a volunteer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Baptist Campus Ministries and currently serves a mentor/coach for young adults in his community.
Russ and his wife Yvette currently reside in Stanley, North Carolina with their two childeren, Dalton and Danielle.
Board of Directors
Russ Salerno Director
Former Managing Director of the Billy Graham Association's Rapid Response Team, Mike played a major role in the development of BGEA Emerging Evangelists and Dare to Be a Daniel projects.
Mike's passion is mentoring and raising up young pastors and evangelists. His degrees are in education and counseling. Mike's desire is to see the local church share the Christ's heart in the communities they serve.
Mike currently serves as Senior Pastor at New Hope Church in Rifle, CO.
Managing Member of American Solar Integrators Midwest, LLC based in Indianapolis, IN. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Alabama, and his MBA from Jacksonville State University.
Bill has served as a deacon and is currently a board member of the Buffalo Youth for Christ and Buffalo Athletes in Action.
He and his wife Elaine live in Huntersville, NC and have been married 35 years, have one son and four grandchildren.
Currently the Senior Pastor at Powers Drive Baptist Church in Pine Hills, Florida, Jerald has touched the lives of many as he has served the Lord as a pastor for 56 years.
He graduated from Samford University and later earned a degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served on the Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and has passion for the lost.
Pastor Hicks and his wife Mary currently live in Kissimmee, FL.
Rev. Jerald Hicks
A strong supporter of VoiceBox Ministries since it began in 2011. Russ is a dedicated Central Florida community member and experienced business owner who has resided in the Orlando area for over fifty years.
Russ graduated from Florida Technological University (UCF) where he earned his bachelors and masters degrees. He's known for fearlessly sharing the gospel, working hard and putting others ahead of himself.
Russ has served on the board for both the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida and Edgewood Children’s Ranch for 40 years.
He was named UCF’s “Alumnus of the Decade for the ‘70s” and the Boys & Girl's Clubs "Man of the Year". Currently Russ resides with his wife, Mazie, in Clermont, Florida.
Currently serves as the Regional Sales Manager for The Siemon Company. Tim graduated from The University of North Texas with a degree in Management and served in the United States Air Force.
Tim made his decision to follow Christ over 20 years ago and is curently serving as a deacon at Lake Norman Baptist Church. He has served as a Sunday school teacher, evangelism counselor, men’s ministry coordinator and is a member of the Married Life Ministry. Tim has also served as an international missionary to Costa Rica and El Salvador.
Tim and his wife Carla, and their two boys – Clayton and Caleb currently live in Cornelius, NC.
Founder and Partner Moving Ideas, a marketing and graphic design firm located in Huntersville, NC. Jenny has more 17 years of experience in the marketing and communications field. She has overseen the creative for several Fortune 500 companies including Bank of America, Ingersoll-Rand, Cinnabon and Russell Athletic.
She has played a vital role in the way VoiceBox Ministries presents itself. Jenny and her husband Brian attend Grace Covenant Church and live in Stanley, NC with their three children.