Ambassador Blango Ross, Jr

One day, the disciples argued about who among them was the greatest. Upon hearing, Jesus said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

Pastor Ross is uniquely comfortable in being last and a dedicated servant to the Strawbridge Church and greater community. His contagious joy, zeal, and energy can be witnessed in everything he does to God’s glory. As a gifted preacher, teacher, mentor, worship leader, musician, husband, father and friend, Pastor Ross is leading the Strawbridge UM Church to greater motive, mission and ministry, while admonishing faith and reconciliation as the building blocks of redemption and deliverance. God has been grooming him for this season since the early 70’s when he joined and regularly worshiped at the Timothy Baptist Church (Baltimore) and later at West Liberty (Marriottsville) & Emmanuel UMC (Beltsville).

Pastor Ross continues in the learned tradition of letting the Bible speak for itself and centering every function of church, family and community life on the infallible word of Almighty God! One scripture that guides both his tenacity and zeal is penned in 1 Corinthians 9:27, where it reads:

“I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

Amb Blango Ross, Jr is truly a 21st Century ambassador of Jesus Christ! 2 Corinthians 5:20

2020 Charge Conference

Committee on Pastor Parish Relations or Staff Parish Relations (PPRC/SPRC) (¶258.2)

Vice-Chair: Kim Stanton

Class of 2019

Elaine Wedge

Jessie Patterson

Renee Smith

Class of 2020

Vaughn Paylor

Class of 2021

Anita Lewis

Gabrielle Smallwood

Kim Jones

Board of Trustees (¶258.3, pg. 197 ¶2524-2550)

Class of 2019

Vaughn Paylor

Delmar Gillus

Billy Hebron

Clifford Smith

Class of 2020

Sharon Cassell

Daryl Smith

Daniel Bowles

Class of 2021

Juanita Brown

Angela Toop

Stephen Howard

Committee on Finance (¶258.4)

Treasurer: Aza Smith

Class of 2019

Delmarva Montgomery

Kim Jones

Clifford Smith

Lena Briscoe

Class of 2020

Angela Toop

Irvin Briscoe

Juanita Brown

Tonya Sipes

Class of 2021

Candace Medlin

Elaine Wedge

Yvonne Gambrill

Whitney Duppins

Committee on Lay Leadership (¶258.1)

Vice-Chair: Delmar Gillus, Sr (Lay Leader)

Class of 2019

Arlene Clark

Nina Duppins

Yvonne Gambrill

Class of 2020

Kim Stanton

Kathy Duppins-Smallwood

Ula Scott

Class of 2021

Clifford Smith

Renee Smith

Jordan Costley

Age-Level, Family, and Specialized-Ministries Coordinators

Coordinator Children’s Ministries, (¶253): Rose Allen, Carol Groomes
Coordinator of Youth Ministries, (¶253): Vera Paylor, Sharol Cassell
Coordinator Adult Ministries, (¶253): Yvonne Gambrill, Kathy Duppins-Smallwood
Coordinator Family Ministries, (¶253): Tonya B Smith, Kim Jones, Theresa Hebron

Church School Superintendent and Small Group Coordinators

Superintendent of Church School/Sunday School, (¶255.[1]): Ula Scott, Dawn Briscoe
Coordinator, Health & Welfare Ministries, (¶255.[2]): Vera Paylor, Elaine Wedge
Coordinator, Communications, (¶255.[3]): Sharon Jones, Kim Jones
Coordinator, Worship & Decorating: Anita Lewis, Yvonne Gambrill, Sharon Cassell

Other Leaders

Kathy Duppins-Smallwood
Yvonne Gambrill
Clifford Smith
Elaine Wedge
Ushers Team Leader
Stephen Howard
Building Committee