By Tim Priebe
June 27, 2024

Young Professional Q&A: Brady Ross

Learn about Brady Ross's journey from student ministry to the founding of Clear Path Leadership.
Brady Ross with Clear Path Leadership in Edmond (Photo: Brent Fuchs)

As a new business owner focusing on leadership development, Brady Ross is a determined professional who helps others become their best selves through his coaching business, Clear Path Leadership. Learn more about the forces that inspired Brady to help others achieve their full potential.

Q: Do you live in Edmond, work in Edmond, or both?

A: I was born in Oklahoma City and lived in Edmond until I was nine, when my family moved out of state. We moved back to the area when I was twelve, and I remained here until I moved to Waco, Texas, in 2016. After moving back to Edmond in 2019, I have no immediate plans or desire to live elsewhere.

Q: Where did you grow up and go to school? 

A: I graduated from Deer Creek High School in 2011 and attended Oklahoma Christian from 2011-2017. Apart from one year in the Nashville area and two years in the Dallas area, I spent my entire childhood in Edmond and Oklahoma City. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Preaching Ministry from Oklahoma Christian, a Master’s in Christian Ministry from Oklahoma Christian, and a Master’s in Divinity from Abilene Christian University.

Q: What did you do before starting Clear Path Leadership?

A: I spent the first five years of my career working in student ministry. I worked part-time with the Edmond Church of Christ for two years, immediately after finishing my bachelor’s degree, and worked for three years as a youth minister in Waco, TX. After leaving the ministry in 2019, I spent a few years doing odd jobs (such as personal shopping and ghostwriting) before discovering a new passion for professional coaching and leadership development. 

Q: How did you begin Clear Path Leadership?

A: In 2020, my friend Spencer Amaral (a real estate broker in Edmond) encouraged me to pursue coaching. He had experience as a coach and thought it might be a good fit for me. After earning my International Coaching Federation credential and getting some coaching experience, I started Clear Path Leadership in 2023 to focus on helping emerging leaders and growing teams achieve their full potential. 

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: I love the idea of doing something that improves our community for everyone here. I believe the work I do through coaching and training doesn’t only impact the leaders I serve – I know there’s a cascading impact that benefits leaders’ teams, organizations, families, and our community. In addition, I spent the first part of my life failing to tap into my full potential, and I remember vividly how everything changed when I discovered a greater sense of control and agency in my life. I’m passionate about sharing a similar perspective with my clients.

Q: What’s something you’re passionate about in your personal life?

A: My greatest passion is my family. I’ve married my wife, Mary, for almost nine years. We have two children: a five-year-old son named Bennett and a two-year-old daughter named Norah. In addition to my work with Clear Path, I serve as the Chapter President for ICF Arkansas-Oklahoma and am on the advisory board for Edmond Young Professionals. For fun, I enjoy multi-sport races, golf, and cheering on the Texas Rangers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Q: What’s an accomplishment you’re the proudest of?

A:  I changed the trajectory of my life during my early college years. As an 18-year-old freshman at Oklahoma Christian, I made three D’s and weighed nearly 300 pounds. However, by making small changes to my daily routine (such as prioritizing time in the gym and being more deliberate about studying and preparing for class), I lost nearly 100 pounds, competed in multiple multi-sport races and half marathons, and earned a spot on the President’s Honor Roll before graduation. These accomplishments created momentum that I believe is still making a difference in my life today.

Q: What is one of the big goals you’d like to accomplish in the next decade?

A: In addition to serving my coaching clients, I want to help other people develop the skills and mindset necessary to be an effective coach. I want to offer ICF-accredited coach training courses and serve as a mentor coach for aspiring coaches. 

Q:What do you like about Edmond?

A: Although Edmond is not a small town, it feels more tight-knit and connected than you would expect of a community this size. We all share a sense of pride in our community, compassion for our neighbors, and strong optimism for our future. 

Q: What is your number one tip for other professionals, either for work or life?

A: Never stop developing. Take small steps each day to improve yourself or learn something new, and don’t assume that the person you are today must be the person you are tomorrow. If you commit to consistent action and gradual growth, you’ll be amazed at where you find yourself in a few months or years.

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About Tim Priebe

Tim is a public speaker, author, publisher of Edmond Business, and the owner of Backslash Creative. He helps businesses that are worried they don’t have the expertise or time required to invest in doing their own digital marketing. He helps them plan where and how much to invest and often helps execute the plan.

Tim started the Edmond Business online magazine in May 2020 to fill a need in the community when The Edmond Sun shut down and stopped publishing their monthly magazine, The Business Times.