Pastor Russ & Becky (Cramer) Wing grew up in the
nearby towns of Thetford and Fairlee, VT and met at Thetford Academy
from where they graduated in 1969. They were married in January
of 1971 and made their home in the town of Vershire, VT until the
spring of 1987 when they moved to upstate New York and owned and
operated a small dairy farm, Wing Family Jerseys.
“During the turbulent times of the 60’s and 70’s,
knew I was searching for something but I didn't know what it was.
After having wrestled with the dilemma of existence of life on earth
(we live, have children, work, and then die), I
realized that there is
more to life and what was lacking in my life was a God-shaped vacuum.
began to search the Bible and came to an understanding that God cannot
allow wretched, undeserving sinners into His perfect and Holy
Heaven. Now I was confronted with a new dilemma but I soon found
that God Himself provided a solution to the danger in which I found
myself and that solution was found in His letter to us in Romans
– chapter 5, verses 8&9. It says,
commendeth His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us. Much more then, being now
justified by His
blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.’"
I had learned that my sin put Jesus on the
cross. All there was for me to do was respond
to the free gift to have my sins forgiven. In other words,
to stop running from God and turn to Him and trust Christ and the work
He finished on the cross. So, on the second Saturday in
1977, I asked Jesus to forgive my sin and be my Lord and
I can contribute nothing to
my salvation. I learned that salvation from the wrath to come is
by faith – plus nothing! What peace! All that
searching for ‘peace’ and I had finally found it!"
fall of 1991, Russ began to realize that he was to enroll in
Bible College to prepare for vocational ministry but that left the
obstacle of 80 head of registered Jerseys, equipment and the
farm. In the summer of 1992, it rained so much that the
were unable to harvest enough crops to sustain their herd until the
next summer harvest time. They sold their cattle in the spring of
1993 and waited for the Lord’s timing to begin the fall semester
at Practical Bible College in Johnson City, NY.
"Forty-four is not too old to go to Bible college… you
purpose… you’re not there because Mommy & Daddy
you to go to Bible College right out of high school."
Wings first pastoral ministry was Immanuel Baptist Church in Auburn,
NY. Pastor Russ and Beck have four grown children and eleven
grandchildren! Three of their children and their spouses and
live in southern NH and a daughter and her husband and family live in
West Windsor, NY. All are active in their local churches.
Russ enjoys working in his shop when time permits (both carpentry
mechanical work), gardening, reading, hunting and
fishing, and David
Bradley tractors. Beck’s hobbies and interests include
reading, quilting, stamping, counted cross
stitch, gardening, cooking
and crossword puzzles, and of course, grandchildren!
look forward to ministry in Lisbon and its surrounding towns.
look forward to the ministry here in Lisbon and are blessed by the
church family here. In this day of uncertainty and widespread
confusion, we have that much more confidence in the relevancy and
validity of the Bible, the Word of God. Together,
believe its instruction, embrace its principles, and honor
"'Community' has been lost in the last few decades. It wasn't too
long ago when one’s extended family, neighbors, and
raise strong families. For us here at Lisbon Bible Church,
still have that community, a sense of belonging that surpasses
bustle and breakneck speed of today’s postmodern culture."