Ross grew up in Woburn, Mass., about 10 miles northwest of Boston. His father, Jim, is a farmer, leading his family’s fifth-generation greenhouse business. Ross attended Northland Baptist Bible College, receiving his bachelor’s in Bible with a math minor. After completing a pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., he moved to Lousiville, Ky., where he finished an MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Ross and his wife, Suemi, welcomed their daughter, Lily, in August 2011 and their son, Owen, in January 2014.