Ross was born to Dr. Lillian and Dr. Rev. Raymond Strong, both ivy-league educated, and widely respected and influential throughout Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Ross watched as his father became president of both the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and the Bible Society in the East Caribbean, as well as director of the Religion and Ethics Department of the Interamerican University in Puerto Rico.
Growing up in this atmosphere of glorifying God through excellence, hard work, teaching, and shared knowledge, Ross learned everything he could about the ministry, helping everywhere there was a need. Ross had always had a servants’ heart, but it wasn’t until later that he would understand how God would use it for His glory.
Ross traveled extensively with his parents and was able to truly see and observe people from all walks of life. He witnessed the effects of poverty firsthand, and also realized what a compassionate hand outstretched to help could do to change the life of someone in need.
This realization stirred in Ross a desire to truly help and share Christ with the poor, meeting the needs of their daily circumstances, as well as the needs of their spirit.
Ross continues to respond to this call today, as co-director of Strong International Ministry. The focus of the ministry is two-fold: to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual assistance to those who are less fortunate, and to prepare and equip God’s people throughout the world to discover their own calling, purpose and identity in God’s Kingdom.