Since July 1, 2017, Owen Ross has been the Director for the Center of Church Development for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior to this, Dr. Ross served as the founding pastor of Christ's Foundry United Methodist Mission. He moved into the north Love Field neighborhood in Dallas and began knocking on doors in Spring 2002. On Ash Wednesday 2003, Christ's Foundry began worship in his home and grew to become the largest Spanish-language congregation in the United Methodist Church.
A native of the rural East Texas town of Henderson, Dr. Ross has lived in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Canada, Ecuador, and Zimbabwe. He holds a BA with a double major in International Studies and Political Science from Texas A&M University, a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. His doctoral thesis was Ministry with the Poor: The Role of Social Services in Evangelism. Dr. Ross also did studies at at La Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. and Africa University in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Dr. Ross is a Return Peace Corps Volunteer having served in the western lowlands of Ecuador. He is a director in the pretigious Texas Lyceum and serves on the board of the United Methodist Development Fund. Previously, he served on the board of the Fairfield Outreach and Sponsors Association for the Fairfield Children's Home in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe for fifteen years. To sponsor a child, please click www.FOSAkids.org.
Dr. Ross' passion is to reconnect the church with holistic ministry with the poor as modeled by Christ and the earliest Methodists. A certified coach by the International Coaching Federation, Dr. Ross has worked with churches throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras as a consultant and coach.
Dr. Ross is married to Xóchitl Medina Ross of Mexico, and they have two rowdy boys, Leland and Larkin, both born in 2014.