Ross Freeman is a graduate of Kansas State University, Washburn Law School and Harvard Business School. He earned his lay pastor certificate from Sterling College and consulted on the historic renovations of Cooper Hall. Freeman, a commissioned lay pastor, is a member of Topeka’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he has served as an elder, as clerk of session, and now serves as chair of the pastoral nominating committee. Ross is the president and owner of Pioneer Group, Inc., a real estate development company. He also serves as chairman for Historic Preservation Partners, Inc.

Fern Freeman is a graduate of Kansas State University and has spent her years teaching, running a small manufacturing company and serving as a full-time mother to her and Ross’s four daughters. Now retired, Fern just finished her third year on Trinity’s Session and was the chair of the finance committee.

"We are so appreciative of Ross and Fern. Their generosity will help us continue educating students about servant leadership, a foundation tenant of the Sterling College curriculum," said Scott Rich, president.