Dr. Michael J. Ross- Pastor
Dr. Michael J. Ross, Sr., is a native of Lake Providence, LA. Upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. During this time, Dr. Ross attended Grambling State University in Grambling, LA, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. While at Grambling, he met his lovely wife, Annette. They have been blessed with four beautiful children, Tawasky, Michael, Faith, and Hope.
In 1993, Dr. Ross accepted his call to the ministry. He attended both Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA, and American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, CA. Dr. Ross graduated with honors in 1999 with a Master of Divinity degree from American Baptist Seminary of the West and was awarded the prestigious L. Doward McBain Preaching Prize for Outstanding Preacher in his class.
In December 2013, Dr. Ross graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree. At his graduation, he was awarded the Will Edd and Lila Fae Langford Award for the Outstanding Doctor of Ministry Project Report.
Dr. Ross was selected to bring the devotional message at the National Baptist USA, Inc., Congress of Christian Education in June of 2013 in St. Louis Missouri.
Of his many years in the Gospel ministry, Dr. Ross has served in various capacities. From 1998-2001, he served on staff at the oldest Black Baptist church in Alameda County, the Beth Eden Baptist Church, as the Minister of Youth and Young Adults. He also worked for the Bay Area Urban League, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the Oakland Unified School District.
Since March 2001, Dr. Ross has served as Senior Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church in Boise, ID. He leads the only predominantly African American Baptist Church in Boise and the oldest in the state.
As a firm believer in community involvement, Dr. Ross served as Board member of the Idaho Black History Museum. He has taught in several congresses including the National Baptist Congress and German Baptist Congress in Wiesbaden, Germany. Dr. Ross served four years as Congress of Christian Education President and four years as President of the Intermountain General Baptist Convention.
For over 20 years, Dr. Ross has been empowering the people of God, through God’s Word, who have been challenged by life’s circumstances. He is very compassionate, energetic, well grounded in Bible truth, and he loves the Lord. His greatest joy comes from touching lives through the Word of God and spending quality time with his family. All praises to God!.