Ross grew up not far from Burbank. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton (B.A. in Comparative Religions) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He is currently working on a Ph.D. in History at The University of Stirling, Scotland. Ross has been an ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA since 1995, and has been with the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank since 2001. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children – Katy, Heather, and Jacob.