Moses Project Staff & Partnerships

Program Director

Dr. Trisha Wheelock


Dr. Trisha Wheelock earned her BA at Gustavus Adolphus College in English and Secondary Education, an M.A. in Bible and Theology from North American Baptist Seminary, and a PhD in Religion from Baylor University.


Her publications include articles in the Lexham Bible Dictionary and the New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. She has presented at SBL conferences (Society of Biblical Literature), the Bible and Justice conference, and local Des Moines Area Religious Council conventions.


She teaches classes at Grand View, Des Moines Area Community College, and Drake University in Bible, Philosophy, and Liberal Arts. Her research interests center on women in the Bible and especially the book of Esther. At church, she’s served as pastor, Sunday School teacher, nursery worker, kitchen crew, leadership team, VBS, women’s ministry leader, and small group mentor. Trisha married her high school sweetheart and is mom to teen boys.

Program Manager

Reverend Dr. Russell Lackey


Russell Lackey serves as Sr. Pastor at Grand View University and Luther Memorial Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He has authored the book, Power and Purpose: The Book of Revelation for Today.


Russell is a southern California native who sees God in the ocean and mountains and therefore has very little faith while living so far from either.


He received his Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Duke Divinity; Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary; and Bachelor of Arts from Westmont College.


He is married to his wife, Jamie; together they have three daughters.

Administrative Assistant

Jamie Lackey


Jamie was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA. She met her husband, Russ, at Westmont College. They have been married since 2001 and have three daughters.


By trade Jamie is an elementary school teacher. Since moving to Iowa in 2012, she retired from the classroom and has spent time volunteering at church and her daughters' schools. She also worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for a local consulting company.


Jamie is excited to be a part of The Moses Project as it merges her excitement for planning and organizing with her respect of ministry and those who serve in it.

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