Mike and Joan Ross are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship. Most recently, the Rosses served in Oaxaca, Mexico. In addition to working as a pilot/mechanic, along-side two national pilots, Mike also is an instructor pilot, and a local promoter of aviation safety. Mike says a highlight of his ministry is "enabling the national church in Mexico to evangelize unreached people groups." Proverbs 3:5-6 is a favorite verse and Mike shares, “This is a God thing and I can trust Him to direct my paths.
Exodus 3:12 is a special verse for Joan. "And God said, ‘I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.’" She says, "It reminds me who I am and that God is the important one." Joan's ministries have included lots of MAF hospitality and encouraging women in their church.
Mike was born and raised in Ohio. When he was five years of age he accepted Christ as his Savior. He comments, "I grew up in a church where there was a lot of emphasis on missions. When I was twelve, my grandfather's friend asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I told him that I either wanted to be a missionary or a pilot. He told me I could be both and gave me a brochure about MAF. He still is one of our supporters."
Mike attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and Moody Aviation in Tennessee. He has a B.S. in Missionary Aviation Technology and is a commercial/instrument pilot with a CFI-I rating. He also holds an airframe and powerplant mechanics license. Mike worked for a Cessna dealer for two years before leaving for language school.
Joan was born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in both Michigan and Ohio. She also accepted the Lord at age five. Joan learned about missions from her father who was involved in missions through their church. She attended Moody Bible Institute, Stautzenberger Business College in Toledo, and the University of Mobile in San Marcos, Nicaragua, to study accounting. Mike and Joan met while in school at Moody, and married in September 1975.
The Rosses have three grown children who are an important part of their ministry - Stephen and his wife, Amy and their daughters, Hayley and Abby; Ben and his wife, Andy and their children Alex, Ryan, and Payton; and Aaron and his wife Sharon.
To fund the worldwide ministry of MAF, God is faithful in providing generous ministry support from His caring people. He has called the men and women of MAF to serve Him in a unique way. He may also be calling you to a specific role in the ministry of MAF. You are invited to become a ministry partner with Mike and Joan in their ministry. Please prayerfully consider involvement through prayer and/or financial support.