Dr. Ritter is presently in his 38th year of ministry and his tenth year as Senior Minister atFirst United Methodist Church. Prior pastoral appointments include churches in Dearborn,Livonia and Farmington Hills (all located in the environs of the Detroit metropolitan area).
A Detroit native, he holds graduate degrees from Albion College and Yale University.
Married to Kristine, he is also father to Julie, a recent graduate of Harvard Business Schoolwho is now employed in California.
He is the author of a pair of books and frequently serves as a guest preacher andworkshop leader. He is also involved in a number of community activities and has servedas a Trustee of Albion College for 21 years.
His spare time is spent reading, traveling, exercising and leading an occasional group tour.
The Reverend Dr. William A. Ritter is completing his thirty seventh year of active ministry and his ninth year as Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham, MI. Under Dr. Ritter’s leadership, Birmingham First has grown into a three thousand member congregation, has a five and a half million building program for construction of a Family Life Center, and was approved by Duke Divinity School as one of fifteen teaching congregations in the nation.
Prior pastoral appointment include Dearborn First United Methodist Church, Newburg United Methodist Church in Livonia, and Nardin Park United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills.
Dr. Ritter is a native Detroiter. He graduated from McKenzie High School and holds a graduate and Hnorary Doctorate degree from Albion College. He received his MAsters of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School. Dr. Ritter and his wife, Kristine, have on daughter, Julie, who will be graduating from Harvard Business School in May 2002. In his spare time he enjoys reading, traveling, visiting the Holy Land, and running an occasional 10K race.