The Star of Bethlehem Baptized Pentecostal Church of Holiness
Bishop Raymond Ross was born July 31, 1937 in Lexington, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Evangelist Goldie Saunders Ross Turner and Elder William H. Ross. On January 1, 1999 he was born into eternity.
He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and became a faithful member of the Star of Bethlehem Church.
He was educated in the public schools of Lexington, Constitution Elementary and the old Dunbar High School. Other educational accomplishments are with Winona, International School of Professional Photography, School of Modern Photography, Pastoral Counseling, Rational Behavior, University of Kentucky College of Allied Health Professions and Asbury Theological Seminary.
In 1961 his radio career went into full swing as a Disc Jockey playing Gospel Music starting at WAXU, WNVL,
WLAP F.M., and in 1964 he was the first black Weatherman in Lexington for Channel 62, now (Channel 36/Cable 10), for a month for vacationing Frank Faulkner. He was one of the Directors and Announcer of U102 radio for four years starting in 1964 and two years host of Breakfast Buddies.
He was united in Holy Matrimony March 23, 1927 to Beverly Harper, unto this union 5 children were born.
H was an Army Veteran ranked as a Supply Sergeant. Bishop Ross worked at the UK Medical Center for 31 years and retired as the Manager of Medical Photography Department. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America, Past President of the Northside Lions Club and the Black Church Coalition. Bishop Ross is a Kentucky Colonel and a Board Member of African Cemetery #2.
By being faithful and always fond of working for the Lord, he was ordained as a Minister, Elder, Pastor and Bishop. He has pastored the Star of Bethlehem Church since 1966. In 1974, he was appointed Bishop of the Baptized Pentecostal Church of Holiness, Inc. He along with Bishop W.A. Jones, Jr. Vice Chairman of the Corporation and Pastor of the Baptized Pentecostal Church of Holiness, Louisville, KY continue to lead the flock. Under his leadership the Star of Bethlehem Church has more than tripled in growth. Bishop has given a lifetime of commitment and service to the Lord.
He was truly a great Father, Pastor, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather, Cousin and friend and died beloved by all. A place is vacant in our hearts that never can be filled.
Survivors are his devoted and loving wife, Mrs. Beverly Ross; three sons, Elder Raymond (Pamela) Ross, Jr., Elder Ronald L. (Shelia) Ross, Sr., and Randall H. (Regina) Ross; two daughters, Brenda Ross, and Nietta (Jeffrey) Walker; ten grandchildren; one great-grandson; step-mother, Ann Ross; father and mother-in-law, James and Pernell Christian; five sisters, Mary Freeman, Anna Turner, Naomi Conley, Barbara Wallace, and Phyllis Epsy; three brothers, Minister William H. Ross, Jr., David and Michael Ross; 5 aunts, Mrs. Ruth Webster, Mrs. Rachel Ross, Mrs. Louise Adams (Dillard), Mrs. Flora (Sanford) Pinkston, Sr., Mrs. Noah Williams and Mrs. Addie Clay Brown; once uncle, Elder William (Pastor Sarah) Saunders; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends and a loving Church family.