Ross was saved by faith in Christ alone in 1984 while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Cherry Point, NC, having first been presented the gospel eight years earlier while attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After completing his military service in 1986, he served in various vocations, including 17-years in the financial services community as a stockbroker, Certified Financial Planner and Securities Compliance Officer. In October 1997, Ross and his family followed the Leake family from California to Maryland following Tom Leake’s graduation from The Master’s Seminary and his leaving to plant Hope Bible Church (HBC). It was never in Ross’ plans to serve in full-time ministry. However, God’s plan for him prevailed as He providentially prepared Ross through these various vocational and training opportunities for the very purpose of serving Him at HBC. Ross is a graduate of Master’s International School of Divinity at Evansville, IN, where he earned his Master of Arts degree in Christian Administration and Management. Ross and Becky’s children include Mallory, her husband Luke, Joseph, his wife Lauren and grandkids Christian and Catherine, and Shawn, his wife Angie and granddaughters Ella and Sophie.