Rev. Dr. Roger Ross is a native of Cambridge, Illinois, and has served as a pastor in Texas, the British Channel Island of Guernsey, and Illinois. While in Illinois, he led teams that planted a new church that grew to 800 in attendance while planting another church that grew to 300. He served for 10 years as senior pastor of First UMC of Springfield, the then largest United Methodist Church in Illinois. Before coming into his current role with Spiritual Leadership, Inc. (SLI) as an executive coach and consultant, he served as the Director of Congregational Excellence in the Missouri Conference where he led a team that encouraged the start of over 3,100 new places for new people and fostered the transformation of dozens of existing churches.
Roger will help Riverside UMC transition during the interim period from January through June 2023 when a Lead Pastor will be appointed.