Delmar Ross

We are mourning the loss of Pastor Ross’ father, Reverend Delmar Ross, who went to be with the Lord on Monday, Apr. 9.

Pastor Delmar Ross
How can I help?

Please join us in praying for Pastor Ross, Andrea and the entire Ross family.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Teen Challenge in memory of Reverend Delmar Ross and his 20 years as a Teen Challenge director. We have set up a fund for these donations.

You can give here or by texting an amount to 630-882-2213 (keyword: memorial).


Delmar A. Ross passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in Venice, Fla., on Apr. 9, 2018.

Delmar was born in Bellevue, Ill., on Sept. 8, 1927. He met his wife, Phyliss, at Zion Bible Institute, graduating three years later and marrying on May 31, 1949. He spent his life as a servant to others, pastoring churches in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina and South Carolina. He was the Director of Development at Teen Challenge in Rehrersburg, Pa., and then became the Director of Teen Challenge in Perry, Ohio, and also in New Orleans, La. He spent his last 10 years before retiring working as Director of Missions and Primetimers under his son, Randal, in Lubbock, Texas. After 50 years of active ministry, Delmar and Phyliss retired and moved to Venice, Fla. It was his compassion, kindness, generosity and sincere love for others that drew people to him and Christ. His greatest joy in life was helping others. He led by example and lived the life he preached. 

His legacy will continue through his own four children, Rev. Randal and Andrea Ross of Naperville, Ill., Dr. D. Rick and Susan Ross of Concord, N.C., Ed and Debi Davidson of Venice, Fla., Rev. Jim and Becky Hennesy of Cedar Hill, Texas, his 11 grandchildren and their spouses, 16 great grandchildren and the countless souls he has won for Christ. He also leaves behind three brothers and a sister.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Phyliss Satmary Ross, his parents and a brother.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Apr. 17, 2018, at Venice Memorial Gardens.