Ross Gilbert has been a teacher and discipleship-counsellor at Crossways to Life since 2005 when he completed an internship program at GMI in Atlanta, GA. Ross' desires to see other believers come and experience the truth of Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me."
Originally from Mississauga, Ontario, Ross grew up in a Christian home and was saved at age 7. He grew up with dreams of either being the goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs or an automotive engineer. After never receiving any phone calls from the Leafs, Ross completed his Master's degree at the University of Waterloo in Mechanical Engineering in 2002
It was during this time that God used the circumstances in life to reveal the truth of his inability to find life and peace anywhere but in God. On December 5, 2001 God opened Ross' eyes to the truth of Galatians 2:20 for the first time and he discovered that it was going to be God through him rather than him for God.
Since that day Ross has had a strong passion to share this message with other believers, always knowing that one day God would provide the opportunity. So after working at his dream job as an automotive engineer in Detroit, Michigan, he moved back to Kitchener-Waterloo to begin working with Crossways to Life. Ross is also the pastor of a church in Kitchener called New Life Fellowship.
Ross is married to Wiarda, who he met on a mission trip in Colombia, South America, but that's another story. They are the proud parents of five beautiful children named Hannah, Zoe, Bella, Faith and Caleb.
Sue Sommer was a graduate of Crossways to Life’s Advanced Training course in November 2014. In June 2015 she retired after 35 years of teaching elementary school and began an internship with Crossways soon after that.
Although Sue grew up attending church, being involved in church activities and attending Christian summer camp, it wasn’t until she was in her twenties that she realized her life wasn’t working and she needed a Saviour.
Her hunger to know Him and to grow in her faith lead her to study His Word through Precept Bible studies, to serve Him, to join a cell group, to attend many conferences and retreats and to listen to teaching podcasts. After several decades of living her life for God, she felt exhaustion and discontentment. Then, in her reading, these words came, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10) causing her to think, “If this is abundant life, then I want out!” It was at this time that God lead her to the Growing in Grace course (she took it 3 times!) where she heard and finally understood the teaching of the Exchanged Life.
It was through the ministry of Crossways to Life that God changed her life around, from living for God to allowing God to live through her. John 10:10 is finally a reality in her life and now her desire is to help other believers to find their freedom in Christ’s life as well.
Sue is married to Ian and they have 2 adult children.
Will Feenstra has been involved in youth ministry for over 17 years, working with 10-20 year olds both in the community and as a youth leader in church. In January 2017, Will was hired on as a part time assistant youth pastor at Elora Road Christian Fellowship where he is still currently serving. In April 2017, Will received his ordination as a pastor with Anchor Ministerial Fellowship. Will completed Crossways to Life’s Advanced Training course in November 2017, and started his internship as a discipleship counsellor in May 2018. Will has a passion to teach believers the truth about who Christ is and who we are as a result of what Jesus has done, so that they may experience freedom and the abundant life.
Will is of Dutch descent and immigrated to Canada in 1988 at the age of 10 with his parents and 9 siblings. Growing up in a large family has taught Will a lot about the family dynamic. Will was brought up going to church and reading the bible, however it wasn’t until the age of 21 on April 7th 1999 that He began a personal walk with Jesus. Life has truly never been the same since. Scripture that was locked away in memory became alive and God became someone to talk to and hear from. The words of David in Psalm 23:5, “You have set a table before me in the presence of my enemies” and 1 John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful”, have become very real to Will, knowing that in life there will be storms and trouble, however in the midst of that, God is our peace.
Will is married to Laura, and together they are blessed to have four of God’s finest children, Lillian, Morgan, Destiny and Dominic.
Peter Watt has been working with men and women to deepen their relationships with Christ for the past 20 years by leading small groups through church, and actively involved in organizing retreats that change lives. God’s call on his life led him to take Crossways to Life’s Advanced Training course and graduate in November 2018. This commitment was made while he was living in Ottawa. God’s call led him to continue his training as an intern and eventually move to Kitchener to become a full time Discipleship-Counselor with Crossways.
Peter’s desire to share the freedom he has experienced while taking the Advanced Training has inspired him to teach lessons outside of Crossways with recovering addicts, homeless people and friends he’s known for years. The turning point for him was understanding that during his physical birth, he was “IN” Adam and as such, born a sinner; but when he accepted Christ as his saviour, he became “IN” Christ and a saint who sometimes sins. Christ’s work on the cross has done it all, he just needed to accept that truth and learn to live in that truth.
Peter married Anita in 1994 and they have two grown boys, Christopher and Justin, and a youthful dog aptly named Trinity. Peter and Anita were both raised Catholics and followed that faith until 1997, when they were introduced to a personal relationship with Jesus and a desire to experience more of His freedom.