In July 1997, with encouragement from Dr. Jack Hayford and other leaders in the Church, Ross founded “State of the Heart” Ministries, an inter-denominational ministry of reconciliation and renewal of life worship, dedicated to building bridges in the Body of Christ. During the past 16 years, Ross has led worship and presented concerts in 1,000 plus church of more than 150 different denominations in over 500 cities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Western Europe, South Africa and Australia.
Ross’ presentations range from full weekends of praise and worship including seminars for worship leaders and interactive worship services with messages geared to worship renewal and “life worship,” to shorter testimonies in word and song. In addition to serving as a guest worship leader and speaker at worship services, Ross often brings a concert of praise to a church on a Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon or evening. Ross also delights in being able to give programs at venues other than churches, like nursing homes, retirement communities, hospitals, schools, and homeless shelters.
Dr. Jim Raddatz, a pastor in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, wrote of Ross’ visit there: “Dr. Jutsum is not only proficient in his piano and vocal styling, but is also sensitive to the Holy Spirit in effectively ministering the creative life of Jesus through worship. Ross’ ‘State of the Heart’ ministry is indicative of ministry that flows from the heart of a true worshipper.” Pastor Jeff Perry of St. Louis Family Church said of Dr. Jutsum’s visit there that “Ross clearly has the Lord’s anointing as he shares his love for God through his singing and playing for the Body of Christ, wherever He opens the doors.”
“State of the Heart” Ministries is established as a non-profit California religious corporation (501 (c) (3)