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Ross lost his first wife Sharon to cancer in 2008 after 27 years of marriage. In 2011 he married Tammy Carrillo, who also lost her husband to cancer in 2008. Together they have five children. Ross has played competitive soccer, rugby, cricket, squash and tennis, but now enjoys walking with his wife, Tammy, golfing and flyfishing. He also enjoys music of various genres, from rock to classical. His special delight in recent years has been spending time with his grandchildren. 


Ross is the son of Scottish parents who were missionaries in Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He grew up in Scotland and in Zimbabwe, where he attended Prestwick Academy, Nettleton School, Cranborne Boys’ High School and Churchill School (A-Levels) in Harare. Ross played soccer for the Mashonaland Province as a junior and at Churchill, he received the coveted Wings award for soccer. He was an avid reader of Scripture from the age of 14 onwards and preached his first full sermon at 17.


After his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Ross taught high school chemistry at St. Martin’s School in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, coaching rugby, cricket and tennis, and later he taught at Grainger Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he was also the school headmaster. 

His PhD was in organometallic chemistry at Queens “Chemistry of Ruthenium Carbonyls: Carbon Oxide Hydrogenation by Catalysts derived from Ruthenium Carbonyls”, 1987, under the supervision of Professor M.C. Baird. After completing PhD studies, Ross pursued a Master’s degree at Regent College, whilst pastoring a church in New Westminster, BC. His MA thesis on repentance in the Reformers and the Puritans was supervised by Professor J. I. Packer. 


Ross was a sessional lecturer in chemistry at Trinity Western University for one year also during his first pastorate at Westminster Chapel in Burnaby, BC. He served as a lead pastor also at Westview Bible Church in Montreal, and Peace Portal Alliance Church in south Surrey, BC. In the years at Peace Portal Alliance Church, a congregation of around 2500 people, he was able through the generosity of people in the congregation to pursue PhD studies at St Andrews, under the supervision of Professor Alan Torrance. He began teaching at Regent College in 2006 and became the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology in April 2016. Ross is grateful to God for the generosity of the Chee family and for their friendship. He teaches courses in systematic and historical theology as well as courses in pastoral theology.


Ross’s principal research areas are: 

  • The Doctrine of God

  • Trinitarian Theology

  • Christology

  • Pneumatology 

  • Soteriology

  • The Atonement 

  • Theology and Science

  • Theological Ethics

  • The book of Hebrews

  • Missional Theology


Ross has an ecumenical background having served as a pastor in Brethren and Christian and Missionary Alliance churches, whilst now attending and preaching occasionally at an evangelical Anglican church, and preaching as a guest at churches of various denominations. He is committed to expository preaching and is open for invitations to preach at churches where there is a need for pulpit supply.    

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