Pastor Dave Ross has been selling fruits and vegetables in both Craig and Rawlins for 14 years. He recently celebrated his 20th year in the Craig community with his congregation at the Assembly of God church.

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Pastor Dave Ross has been selling fruits and vegetables in both Craig and Rawlins for 14 years. He recently celebrated his 20th year in the Craig community with his congregation at the Assembly of God church.

“I can’t wait to get out here on the streets”: Five minutes with Dave Ross, pastor at Assembly of God Church in Craig

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Where is your hometown:

“I was born in Grand Junction”

When did you first move to Craig?

“I came here 20 years ago the 23rd of this month. I’m pastor at the Assembly of God church here in town. We had a big celebration the 1st of the month for my 20th anniversary.”

Motto or outlook on life?

“You know being a pastor I try to be honest and I tell people you know especially when I’m out here doing this that if they find something that doesn’t satisfy them or they find something wrong when they take a case home, just tell me about it and I’ll make it right. I don’t want them to ever think that I intentionally gave them something that wasn’t good. I want people to know that I’m honest about what I’m selling out here on the streets.”

When did you first get started at your job?

“I finished a masters in divinity in August of 1983. My daughter was born and I went to a church in Fredonia, Arizona and I was there for 10 years. Then we came up here to Craig 20 years ago the 23rd of this month. About 14 years ago I began this [fruit and vegetable selling project] and part of this goes for church fundraisers. The kids in the church used to help me in different ways with this project.”

Favorite thing about life in NW Colorado?

“Honestly, I can’t wait to get out here on the streets. As a pastor, you get a real feel for your community. You meet more people standing out here on the street. I like to study a lot but it’s fun to come out here and interact with people. That’s the neatest thing about living in northwest Colorado is the wonderful people.”

Least favorite thing?

“No, there is no least favorite part. Because you know what, when I wake up every morning I’m just thankful to be alive. I love every part of this county. If that wasn’t the case, we wouldn’t have been here 20 years.”

Favorite restaurant?

“I kind of still like a beef steak. So I’m glad there’s a new steak house in town. I don’t get to eat a lot of steak. I used to like the Bad to the Bone.”

Business you’d like to see?

“You know, I can’t think of one honestly. I can get about anything I need right here in town.”

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