Colin and Russell Standish were born Newcastle, Australia, in 1933. They both obtained their teaching diplomas from Avondale College in 1951. They were appointed to one-teacher elementary schools in rural areas of New South Wales, each teaching for three years. In 1958, both completed a major in history and undertook an honors degree in psychology at Sydney University in the field of learning theory. Collin went on to obtain his Master of Arts degree with honors in 1961 and his Doctor of Philosophy in 1964. His master's degree in education was complete in 1967. Russell graduated as a physician in 1964. Six years later he was admitted to Royals College of Physicians (UK) by examination. He was elevated to the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in Edinburgh (1983) and Glasgow (1984).
In 1965, Collin was appointed chairman of the education department at Avondale College. Subsequently he held the posts of the academic dean and president at West Indies College (1970-1973), chairman of the department of Psychology, Columbia Union College (1974), president of Columbia Union College (1974-1978), and the dean of Weimar College (1978-1983). He was invited to become the foundational president of Hartland Institute in 1983, which comprises a college, a lifestyle center, a publishing house, media services, and a world mission division.
As a consultant physician (internist), Russell has held the post of deputy medical superintendent of the Austin Hospital, University of Melbourne (1975-1978), president of a hospital in Bangkok (1979-1984), medical director at Enton Medical Centre, England (1984-1986), and president of a Penang hospital(1986-1992). From 1992 to the time of his death, May 2, 2008, he was speaker and editor for Remnant Herald. They have co-authored more than forty-five books.