InTruth Ministries is committed to excellence in sound Christian doctrine, teaching, ministry practice, and integrity. Therefore, InTruth has selected ordained accountability partners that have consistently demonstrated faithfulness, trustworthiness, integrity and reliability in their own lives to hold Rev. Russell J. Newell and the ministry accountable.

Rev. Mike Gwinn

  • Native of Atlanta and graduated from Georgia State University and worked in the insurance industry for ten years.

  • Called into ministry at the age of 35 and graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies and ordained into the Gospel Ministry.

  • Served two churches as Pastor: Liberty Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon and Stonecrest Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia.

  • Served for two years with the mission agency Operation Mobilization before joining the ministerial staff at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, GA where he served in various capacities in the missions, evangelism, church planting and pastoral care ministries.

  • Retired from First Baptist Woodstock in 2017 after 17 years and now do some teaching, discipleship, and other ministry.

  • Married to my high school sweetheart Melody Gwinn for 46 years, have two sons and six grandchildren.

  • Melody and I love to serve the Lord, go jeeping in the North Georgia and North Carolina mountains, and spend time with our grandchildren.

Dr. Ricky Thrasher

Ricky Thrasher is a State Missionary with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board serving as the state in Association Missions. He has aided in establishing Compassionate Ministries across the state and aiding many churches in Community Missions. Before coming to Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Ricky served as an Associational Missionary and served two churches as pastor. He is a graduate of News Orleans Baptist Seminary earning a DMin. He and his wife Janet have two daughters and six grandchildren.

Biographical information has been provided by each individual board member.