Ross, Jeremiah (1909-2002)

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Jeremiah Ross (1 February 1909 (?)- July 2002), a Cree Indian, was a long-serving pastor of the Elim Mennonite Church at Cross Lake, Manitoba. Jeremiah and his wife Fanny were married for 71 years. Jeremiah's call to the ministry came through the reading of the Scriptures and by receiving a special dream while he and his wife Fanny were on a hunting trip in 1942. It was not until 25 years later that Jeremiah Ross trusted Mennonite missionary Ernie Sawatzky with the story of his dream. When Sawatzky then invited Ross to tell that dream to the congregation, they unanimously acclaimed him as their minister. Jeremiah was ordained as a Mennonite pastor on 4 February 1968, with Henry Funk, chairman of the Mennonite Pioneer Mission Board, officiating. Ross gave excellent pastoral leadership within his Cree community and beyond. He did so without relinquishing his role as a traditional Indian elder and while maintaining his vocation as an outstanding hunter and trapper.  He retired as pastor on 23 August 1998.

Author(s) Menno Wiebe
Date Published 1990

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 777. All rights reserved.

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