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Ross is a recently retired law enforcement veteran of 26 years who has always had an interest in the intersection of his Christian faith with culture. After entering into a relationship with Jesus Christ at the age of ten, Ross first began lay ministry when he was thirteen years old as a member of the church youth choir. Since that time, Ross has been engaged in lay ministry in several different areas. Most of his lay ministry has involved either short term mission work or sharing in testimony/song with others within and without the walls of the church. Frequently, Ross teaches Sunday school at First Christian Church in Kernersville, NC. Before his law enforcement career, Ross would also visit those in jails and prisons as part of the local church outreach ministry. During his law enforcement career, Ross would also try to encourage inmates and arrestees that they were in need of a relationship with God in order to establish a balanced life for themselves. Midway through his 21 year career with the U.S. Marshals Service, Ross began to pray and consider what his next step would be after his law enforcement career ended. It was in 2004 that Ross began his seminary training that has continued to this day with the goal of working in ministry upon retirement. During the last ten years, Ross had earned a BS in Religion from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, a MA in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently nearing the completion of a MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University (spring of 2014). Ross believes that learning apologetics material and utilizing it is a great way to engage those around him in culture as he has learned the current popular worldview of modern culture and studies to show the error in certain popular belief systems.
Ross has been married to his wife Andrea for almost twenty-five years, and has two adult children, Ryan and Rachel, who are currently engaged in college education themselves. Among Ross’s recreational pursuits are going to the beach or any form of water when it is warm outside, singing, listening to good music, reading, eating good food, weightlifting, and just hanging out with friends and family. Ross is excited about being a new Ratio Christi chapter director and is enthused about getting to know the students/faculty on the Wake Forest campus.
After coming into relationship with Jesus Christ at the age of ten, this event had a great impact on me even at an early age. I remember that things changed in my life after I made this commitment. Moreover, I have always been involved in lay ministry in one form or another ever since I was thirteen. I have been mostly involved with social outreach ministries or worship ministries throughout the span of my life. Because of this early emphasis on Christian ministry, I have always been interested in the intersection of my Christian faith with culture. As I matured into a young adult, God provided for me in every facet of my life to include fulfilling my emotional needs, answering my prayers for the provision of a godly mate for life, gainful employment, and financial provisions for my seminary training. I am thankful for God’s provision in all aspects of my life.
Having been convinced at an early age of God’s existence through my ongoing relationship with him through the years, I have pursued apologetics training in order to continue engaging culture with the claims of Christ. I believe that utilizing apologetics is essential for the Christian who is interested in reaching the world for Jesus Christ for several reasons. First, it allows a Christian to have a finger on the pulse of culture in regards to what ideas and problems that contemporary culture is grappling with. Secondly, apologetics encourages the believer when skeptics attack the veracity of the Christian faith. Thirdly, apologetics can break down barriers to faith in Jesus Christ when people are exposed to the reasonableness of the Christian faith. In employing Christian apologetics in my personal experience, I have seen this material cause those who are predisposed against the Christian faith to seriously consider its claims. I look forward to interacting with and getting to know faculty/students from many diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
2014-Present- Currently working on a PhD in Christian Apologetics/Missiology from Northwest-University, S.A.
2014- M.A. Christian Apologetics from BIOLA University
2010- M.A. Religion Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
2007- B.A. Religion LIberty University