About RossRoss was a songwriter and teacher of Christian theology living in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia for 38 years. He died 29th June 2013 aged 63. He wrote and played mostly folk music with acoustic guitar, though he did write some songs for keyboard. Most of his songs are for congregations or children to sing in worship. As a follower of Jesus he sat loosely to religious structures. He was an Australian Baptist influenced by the Anabaptist tradition, the radical discipleship movement and the ecumenical movement. Some of his passions were justice, peacemaking, care for creation and exploring intentional missional community.
He was a member of Westgate Baptist Community. His home-based small group functioned as a house church for him, enriching his life with honest working-class faith. At Westgate he was further enriched by a large and growing group of Burmese friends (Karen and Chin), nearly all refugees.
He taught mission studies at Whitley College, the Baptist theological college of Victoria, and spent some years in the role of Dean. During part of three sabbaticals, he taught theology in Theological colleges in Yangon, Myanmar. He was the founding secretary of the Australian Association for Mission Studies.
His family were a very important part of his life. He was married to Alison for nearly 40 years with two adult offspring and their partners, a step-granddaughter, a granddaughter who was 3 when Ross died and a grandson and grand-daughter born since his passing.
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