The phone books are delivered into every home and business across Toowoomba and District, and include some of Ross’ story in an article on Page 3.
Ross grew up in Toowoomba and attended the Church of Christ, then in Margaret Street, before going to Brisbane for University.
He studied to be a Social Worker and came back to Toowoomba to work with Children’s Services for some years.
In 1985 Ross joined the staff team at the Toowoomba Church of Christ and has served continuously in church and community youth work ever since.
Over these 28 years he has literally led thousands of children and of teenagers in Youth Groups.
Ross has taught R.I in schools, served on chaplaincy committees, championed the cause of Hagar International, and served widely in the community.
He is well respected among Toowoomba’s indigenous community, and in recent times has also reached out through youth and sporting activities to African youth who have come to Australia as migrants and refugees.
The phone book article outlines Ross’ work with junior AFL. He has coached with the University Cougars, and has led Auskick programs at a number of local schools.
“More than 50 players at the Cougars club come from families of refugees – an aspect of the club that Ross is most proud of,” said Ross.
Ross is strongly supported in ministry by his wife Jenny, and his four children also assist in many of the programs he coordinates.
Ross received an Order of Australia Medal a few years ago for services to youth and community, and continues to serve with energy, compassion, wisdom and wisdom.