Richard Ross earned his bachelor’s degree at Hardin-Simmons University, a master of religious education and a Ph.D. in youth ministry from Southwestern Seminary. Richard served as a youth ministry consultant for LifeWay Christian Resources and as part of the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Richard is known for serving as a key architect of the True Love Waits campaign. He has written 24 books including, Student Ministry and the Supremacy of Christ, contributed to teen-oriented tape series and software applications and co-chaired YouthLink 2000; the largest youth event in Southern Baptist history.

For 48 years the sole focus of his life and ministry has been teenagers and the families of teenagers. He wants to join Christ in thoroughly equipping the next generation of student ministers for their callings.