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Story of Hope Travels the Nation

by Office of Marketing | October 06, 2011
When Dorsey Ross '05, was born, he was diagnosed with Apert's syndrome, a genetic craniofacial and limb disorder. In the fall of 2000, Dorsey decided to pursue his calling to youth ministry and enrolled at Valley Forge Christian College. He was loved by many, and thrived as a student.
Story of Hope Travels the NationWhen Dorsey Ross '05, was born, he was diagnosed with Apert's syndrome, a genetic craniofacial and limb disorder. On the outside, he looked a little different; the disorder caused his forehead to protrude, his eyes and nose to recede, and his fingers and toes to be fused together. He also had no soft spot in his skull, which meant that his brain wouldn't grow. 

Doctors told his parents that Dorsey would be brain dead, and asked them to sign the papers to put him into an institution. But Dorsey's parents wanted to take him home. With their support, and 68 intense surgeries, Dorsey not only graduated from high school, he also received his Associate Degree from Queensborough Community College. 

In the fall of 2000, Dorsey decided to pursue his calling to youth ministry and enrolled at Valley Forge Christian College. He was loved by many, and thrived as a student. As his suitemate, Dan Desrosiers '05, said, "Dorsey was the kind of guy who could be friends with anyone. He loved talking to everyone he met, took his studies very seriously, and will always have that incredibly infectious laugh." 

Dorsey graduated with a degree in Youth Ministry and moved back home to Long Island, N.Y., to be with his father. Sadly, his mother had passed away while he was at VFCC. During an outreach at Bellerose Assembly of God the following summer, Dorsey shared his testimony through video and suddenly knew what God wanted him to do next. He felt God say, "Send the video out and see what I'll do with it." 

One year later, Dorsey booked his first church service to share what God had done in his life. His evangelistic ministry (dorseyrossministries.com) quickly grew. Now averaging about 30 speaking engagements a year, Dorsey has preached in churches from Maine to Louisiana and as far west as Michigan. He hopes to work even more with youth and young adults, or people with disabilities, in the future. 

In the meantime, Dorsey will keep sharing his testimony, a truly inspirational story of miracles, determination and hope.