Diane Russell

Diane received an Associates in Respiratory Therapy from Parkland College and a Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University (primary instrument: pipe organ). She received a Masters of Music from Illinois State University while accompanying the University Chorus, Women’s Choir, and vocal students on the piano, harpsichord, and the pipe organ.

She has worked as a respiratory therapist, a music teacher in public schools, a private piano teacher, and a church musician. She continues to maintain a piano studio in her home with several students. She previously served as a substitute teacher in the public schools and continues to work part-time as a music therapist at Luther Oaks, a retirement home south of Bloomington. Diane lives with her husband Jim uniting a blended family. They have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Diane enjoys sharing her musical talents while serving here at FBC.


What's one of your favorite Scriptures or Bible stories and why?

One of my favorite Scriptures is Jesus’ miraculous birth as described in Luke 2. 

Describe your "perfect" day.

My perfect day would be one with sunny weather in the upper 60’s or low 70’s. I would be healthy, thankful, and able to enjoy it.

What are your top three favorite books or movies?

My top three books are The Bible (still trying to get through it and understand it!), Organ Harmonizations by Noble, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Saks.

What's your favorite family tradition?

My favorite family tradition is preparing and enjoying my handed down recipe of cranberry cake and sauce at holiday dinners.

If you could have dinner with anyone (past, present, or future), who would it be and why?

I would like to have dinner with my family more often. They have such independent lives and some live far away. It would be nice to have a dinner more often with loved ones.