Julie Ross

I was brought up in a Christian home with a mom and dad that were at church every time the doors were open. My dad was a deacon and my mom taught preschoolers ages 4 and 5. I helped her with her classes and loved it. The church, Wichita Street Baptist Church was pretty small, about 300 in attendance. In the 4th grade we moved to Everman and changed to First Baptist Church in Everman.

My parents were the main example I had in my life that drew me to Christ. Their dedication to church was also a huge factor, worshiping with my family each week. The worship time also a huge factor in drawing me to Christ, listening to the words of many hymns that we sang each week. It seems like more and more children are coming to Christ at much earlier ages but when I was growing up it was not as prevalent.

My friends in my Sunday School class were all beginning to make decisions for Christ and we always attended the revival services usually twice a year. I also attended Children’s Camp each summer starting about 2nd grade. Being a part of all these wonderful activities and having Christian parents at home and involved in church with me gave me the desire to invite Christ in my heart and ask Him to be Lord.

I came to know Christ in the 6th grade at 11 years old. I was so excited to go and tell my teacher at school, I knew he was a Christian and would be excited also. We were singing “The Nail-Scarred Hand” hymn in worship service and God called me to accept Jesus as my Savior. There was little counseling done at my church, but I know without a doubt that I accepted Christ and was baptized a few weeks later. God used my parents, my pastor, youth pastor, camps, and retreats, personal quiet times and journaling to help me grow in my Christian faith. When I became a student in the youth group I was involved in a discipleship small group bible study where I learned so much about what it meant to follow Christ and began learning how to memorize scripture. I submitted to His Lordship as a young youth member and was always looking for ways to help me grow through books and special speakers, revivals, and personal time spent in God’s word.

I truly wanted to grow and find out more about what it meant to have Jesus as my Savior and my Lord. I asked my parents, my pastor and youth pastor questions. God showed me what “faith” is, believing something and in someone who we cannot see or touch, but understanding He is there all the time, every moment of our lives.

When I graduated from high school, my parents encouraged my sister and me to go to a church where there would be a good group of Christian college students to be a part of.

I knew I wanted a husband who was a Christian and would be a spiritual leader in our home. God honored that desire and gave me a wonderful Christian man, Gary, who has been a spiritual leader in our home from the very beginning. We have 2 beautiful Christian young ladies that God blessed us with and they are now in college. We both had the desire to serve in our church in ways God would have us to. Gary serves as a Deacon and is a Sunday School teacher in the student ministry where God has given him several young men to disciple through the years.

I have always desired to serve with young children and elementary age children. I have had the honor of serving in preschool and elementary Sunday School leadership as well as in Discovery School, our Wedgwood Baptist Church weekday program. God called me out of my comfort zone to direct Discovery School for a few years and then moved me even further out of my comfort zone to be the Preschool Ministry Director at Wedgwood Baptist Church. God has called me to serve as a leader and it is such a joy to serve as a staff member at Wedgwood Baptist Church, and to have the chance to make a difference in the lives of young children and their parents as they bring up their children in Christian homes. I continue to grow in my faith every day and learn more about what it means to be a follower of Christ in our daily lives.