Meet our Staff

Ross Gilbert

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 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

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.