Michael F. Ross is a native of Columbus, Ohio, where he grew up a Roman Catholic and was educated in Catholic parochial schools. In high school, he studied at the Divine Word Seminary in Perrysburg, Ohio, in preparation for the priesthood. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, and an MBA in Management from Miami (Ohio) University. Dr. Ross has also done post graduate study in Economics and Public Administration at Memphis State University. He was converted at the age of twenty seven. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Biblical Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.
He became the organizing pastor of the Surfside Presbyterian Church in Surfside Beach (Myrtle Beach), South Carolina, in 1982 and remained as pastor of that church until 1992. He then served as the Senior Minister of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi from 1992-2006. In August of 2006, Dr. Ross was called to be the senior minister of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina.
Dr. Ross travels annually overseas on preaching and teaching missions and is increasingly involved in the ministry of Church Revitalization in the United States. He is a member of the Central Carolina Presbytery and has served on the Standing Judicial Commission of the PCA’s General Assembly. Dr. Ross has authored two books, Preaching For Revitalization and The Light of the Psalms: Deepening Your Faith with Every Psalm, both by Christian Focus Publishers. Dr. Ross has authored the PCA’s 50 Days of Prayer since its inception in 2002. His devotional books include God Our Refuge, God our Redeemer and God our Rejoicing, all on the 150 Psalms; The Parables of Jesus; one on revival, Revive Us Again; Faith of Our Fathers, on the Apostles' Creed, Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer (the three Formulae); Men, Message & Ministry (the Pastoral Epistles); Justice, Mercy & Truth (themes from the Prophets); Messiah: Sermons by John Newton on Handel's Oratorio; and The Gospel of the Kingdom (Sermon on the Mount). Dr. Ross is serving as moderator of Central Carolina Presbytery in 2011-12.
Dr. Ross is married to Jane Ross, originally from Jackson, Mississippi. She is a teacher, pastor’s wife, mother and grandmother. They have four children - Joanna, Abigail, Nathan and Aaron; and five grandchildren. Jane is a high school math teacher at Covenant Day School.
Dr. Ross’s interests are fivefold:
~ He believes in the centrality of the local church and desires to see its revitalization.
~ He is devoted to expository preaching and longs for its recovery.
~ He is committed to the Presbyterian Church in America and the Reformed Faith and labors for a new reformation.
~ He loves America and prays for a great revival.
~He is concerned about Biblical masculinity and both models and seeks to develop this in the men of the Church.