Our Interim Senior Pastor

We could not find a picture that made our interim pastor look young and relevant. That is because he is not young. But, he is still relevant.  He is relevant because he is primarily a Bible teacher. The Bible, the Word of God, is alive and active.  It is sharp and cuts to the core of our being.  It challenges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts.

Pastor Russell Buisch was born in a Sunday School room in Waterloo, New York.  It was a hospital at the time, but, the church he attended bought the old hospital and turned it into its Christian education building.  Pastor Buisch went to Sunday School in the delivery room where he was born.

He was graduated from Lyons High School, four years behind Jim Boeheim, the nationally known coach of Syracuse men's basketball, and  from Houghton College, six years before Dr. Deborah Birx, now of covid-19 fame. But that is enough name dropping.

He was graduated from Western Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and was twice appointed as a home missionary. He pastored churches in Carlisle, PA, Somers, CT, and Ellington, CT.

He lives with his wife Carole in Union, CT.

She has managed

to keep from

strangling him

for over 50 years








Somers Baptist Tries Out an Old Recipe


Somers Baptist Church has slightly modified the old wedding recipe for a new beginning.  They are going with someone old, someone new, someone borrowed,

and something blue. 

The someone old is Pastor Russell Buisch who was the pastor at the church from 1977 to 1993. He began serving as the interim senior pastor last February, right before Covid-19 made its disruptive appearance on the world stage.

 The new is Associate Pastor Michael Savelyev, called by the church this February, 2021.  Pastor Mike is also the someone borrowed.  Pastor Mike and his family were part of the Ellington Baptist Church, a sister church which was started by the Somers congregation.  He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an  emphasis in missions and evangelism.  While a change of family structure kept him from the  mission field, he never lost the sense of calling to church planting. When he saw that Somers Baptist had experienced the generational decline that so many churches across the nation are facing, he wanted to see Ellington Baptist reach out to help. The result was Mike coming to Somers as an Associate Pastor. 

The something blue is that Ellington Baptist will miss Mike’s ministry.  As new young families are being added to the Somers Baptist church family, this really is a new beginning with all the hope that is associated with that old wedding recipe.     


About Somers Baptist Church: Somers Baptist Church was founded in 1968 and is part of the newly renamed Venture Church Network.

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