Dr. Compton Ross, jr.

Senior pastor

Pastor Ross has been faithfully committed to full time gospel ministry for more than seventeen years. He’s pastored three congregations in the cities of Des Moines Iowa, Sedalia Missouri, and Kansas City Missouri. God blessed his ministry, and he was twice named pastor of the year, and three times evangelist of the year in the Central States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 

Dr. Ross also founded two radio broadcast ministries – reaching the communities where he served for Christ. He led the Beacon Light SDA church in Kansas City, MO to complete a major renovation and building project. Under his visionary leadership a 501(c) 3 was established and a substantial grant was awarded to start an early childhood center.

He is certified by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists as a Vegetarian Food Instructor, and as a Master Gardener by the University of Missouri. Pastor Ross is a United States Army veteran, a graduate of Oakwood College, Andrew’s University Theological Seminary, and Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, MO with a Doctor of Ministry. He has been married for twenty years to the former Pamela Owens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin who is the love of his life, and his number one support in ministry. They have one wonderful daughter, Jailyn.

He enjoys spending time with his family, playing table-tennis and other competitive games, cooking, running, gardening, and martial arts. He embraces each new day as a gift from God, and His life mission is to lift up Jesus in all that he does, and to be found faithful when the King returns.

Michael Shelton


 With a passion for young people and a heart for service, Michael serves as the Associate Pastor of our church. Born in a Pastoral family, Michael calls Detroit, MI his home. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministerial Theology from Oakwood University and a Master of Divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary located on the campus of Andrews University. He enjoys competitive sports, action movies, and spending time with family and friends. He is happily married to the beautiful Brianna Smith from Cayo, Belize. Michael’s favorite Bible passage is 1 Corinthians 2:9, which reminds him that God has a plan, and he’s in it!

deidre etheridge


Deidre is a fun-loving, hard-working person who loves the Lord and loves people. Her professionalism and organizational skills have been a big asset to the Decatur church family and its operation. She hails from Massachusetts, attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI and now resides in Douglasville, GA. She has many hobbies including: singing, poetry, miming, acting and cooking. She serves as the president of Open Praise choir, directed by Minister David Trofort. She also tours with Kevin Lemons and Higher Calling, singing backup across the globe.

Email: secretary@decatursdachurch.org