Russell Wolfe, managing partner of PureFlix Entertainment, lost his battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) on May 27, 2015. Diagnosed in late 2013, Russell became a staunch advocate for others with this debilitating disease, while continuing to encourage all to keep their faith in Christ and their hope for a cure. Russell was quoted in Movieguide, ” God didn’t give me ALS. I believe we live in a fallen world, and as such, bad things happen to good people. . . . What I do believe is that God can take any of those bad things and turn them into good. My message is to keep your faith. God is good all the time. He will turn things that are bad to the good. So, look for the hope in that.”
A producer of “God’s Not Dead” and 20+ other Pureflix films, Russell continued to keep a public profile with appearances at the MovieGuide Awards, an ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” video that went viral, and cameos in several Pure Flix films… including “Dancer and the Dame”–after he was already experiencing the effects of ALS.
I became acquainted with Russell while I was working on “Finding Normal” and found him to be a warm and sincere person. He was very passionate about his work in the rising genre of faith-based films. Always down-to earth, and willing to go the extra mile to help others, he was truly a Godly man who lived his faith to the end.
Russell has moved on to his eternal reward, but he has inspired courage in those who knew him and left a legacy of inspiring films to be enjoyed by generations to come. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, co-workers and business partners. He will be missed.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7