Pastor & First Lady
Our Pastor Lee and First Starla Lady Ross
Pastor Lee D. Ross, the oldest of three siblings, was born to the parents of the late Willie Lee Ross. and Gwendolyn (Ross) Belanger. He was raised in Chicago by his late grandmother, Dorothy Jones and attended Chicago public schools. He was elected Junior and senior class president at Near North Career Magnet High School(formally known as Cooley High). Pastor Ross gave his heart to the Lord in 1987 at Greater Holy Temple. Pastor Ross received his secondary education from Indiana University of South Bend in 1987 with an Associate’s degree in criminal justice and also C.H. Mason Bible College in 1997 with an Associates he was also named as class Valedictorian.
He was appointed as the Assistant Pastor of Greater Holy Temple in 2003 and served diligently for 11years. He has also served in many capcities at Greater Holy Temple as the Sunday School Superintendent for over 5 years, Trustee Board member, Finance Chairman, Outreach Coordinator and Church Finance Chairman.
He also served the E.A. McNeely as District Local and District Young Men Christian Council President, and currently is the District Treasurer.
Pastor Ross was selected by the JJC board to reside as the One by One mentoring coordinator for Juvenile delinquents in St. Joseph County in 2010. His past service includes many areas in the community as South Community Schools Mentor, Big Brother for Big Brother Big Sisters Org., Mothers against Violence advisor, board member of St. Joseph County Health Initiative.
Pastor Ross retired from the South Bend Police Department in 2015 with 26 years of service . While on the police dept. he served in many postions as the Lieutenant in the office of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) patrolman, Dare Officer, Midnight Supervisor, and Domestic Violence Investigator Crime pervention Supervisor, and Assistant P.I.O. He’s received many accommodations for his work in community as a police officer. He now serves as School Resource Officer and head of Security at Career Acadamy of South Bend and Success Acadamy.
Lady Ross was born to the proud parents of the Late Superintendent Leroy and First Lady Helen(Marable) Sutton and is the youngest of three siblings. She was raised in South Bend, Indiana attending South Bend Community Schools and graduating from Indiana University of South Bend with a B.S degree in Marketing and Advertising and Marketing Research. Lady Ross has been saved since the age of nine. Lady Ross served her parents faithfully until their death. She has served in many areas at Greater Holy Temple as the Church administrator, After School tutoring coordinator, Organizer for the bible study at the Children's Campus, Organizier for the JJC bible study program, Children’s choir director for 36 years and coordinator for 20 years. She also served as the E.A. McNeely District Choir Minister of Music for 25 years. Lady Ross awards include Greater Holy Temple woman of the year, choir member of the year, E.A. McNeely Member of the year, and nominated as the South Bend women of the year in 1996.
Lady Ross has used her talents to create the church website, and graphic design talents for church programs, flyers and signs. Lady Ross has been a charter member of Greater Holy Temple since 1971 and continues to help move the ministry forward. Lady Ross currently serves as the Youth Director and proudly serves as the First Lady of Greater Holy Temple.
Lady Ross' past employment inclues the position as advertising assistant at the South Tribune for 5 years until she was inspired to be a stay at home mother for 7 years. During that time she attended Ivy Tech college majoring in graphic design. Lady Ross is currently employed by the University of Notre Dame Shaw Center for Children and Families and has been a Family Coach for over 14 years. Her emphasis is parent intervention with high risk parents in the community. She and her department were honored in 2008 with the Irish award for outstanding commitment and Service. She also served as executive board member for the St. Joseph Minority Health Coalition for 5years.
Pastor & First Lady Ross met at IUSB and married 2 months after graduation on August 13, 1988.The Lord has blessed them with 4 wonderful and talented adult children, three boys Antonio, Lee, Jr., Terrell, and one girl Alana.
Pastor Lee Ross was appointed as the Pastor of Greater Holy Temple by Bishop Mark H. Blade in April of 2014 with his loving wife, family, friends, and the wonderful Greater Holy Temple church family in attendance. Pastor and First Lady continue with true commitment to the mission of Souls Maturity and Growth. They humbly serve the people of God and dutifully work for the sake of Kingdom building. Trained and mentored by one of the greatest leaders of our time the Late Pastor Leroy W. Sutton. Pastor and First Lady are moving Greater Holy Temple forward and have GREAT EXPECTATIONS!