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Visionary in Ministry Education Rev. Bridgette Young Ross to Speak at Claflin Baccalaureate Service May 10

Apr 19, 2013

Rev. Bridgette Young Ross, a visionary leader who advocates for colleges affiliated with the United Methodist Church, will deliver the baccalaureate address to the Claflin University Class of 2013 on Friday, May 10.

“The Class of 2013 is truly privileged to receive advice and counsel from Rev. Young Ross during this milestone in their lives,” said Rev. Dr. Ken J. Walden, University chaplain.  “This service gives our students the opportunity to be spiritually uplifted as they embark on becoming visionary leaders in their respective fields of study.”

Ross is the assistant general secretary for college ministries in the Division of Higher Education at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC.  In this role, Ross works collaboratively with collegiate ministry, students and local churches to provide resources, leadership development, continuing education and networking opportunities. 

She is a liaison to the UMC Campus Ministry Association and the National Association of College and University Chaplains and College Union.  Ross is a staunch advocate for ministry in higher education.

Prior to being appointed to her current position, she served for nine years as the senior associate dean of chapel and religious life at Emory University.  And Ross was also formerly the director of the Wesley Foundation at Georgia Tech.  She is an ordained elder of the North Georgia Annual Conference where she served in various churches and conferences appointments.

Her passion is helping young people discover how God is calling them through teaching and spiritual nurturing.

The Chicago native earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  She has a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center. 

Before hearing the calling to ministry, Ross spent 10 years in corporate America in sales, marketing and human resources.

She is married to the Rev. Vance P. Ross, senior pastor of Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.  They have three children and two grandchildren.

The Baccalaureate Service will be held at the Tullis Arena in the Jonas T. Kennedy Center on campus starting at 7 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.  For more information contact Sonja Bennett, assistant vice president for communications and marketing, by phone at (803) 535-5688 or by e-mail at

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