Ritchie is the founding and Senior Pastor of Avalon Church. He has been in full-time ministry since 1986 and has served as a student pastor, a college instructor, an evangelist, and a senior pastor. He and his wife, Kim, started Avalon Church in September 2001 just two days before the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Ritchie felt God’s call to ministry as a teenager. He played college basketball and is an avid North Carolina Tar Heel fan. He holds degrees from four different seminaries and loves leading Avalon Church, preaching and teaching God’s Word, writing, and traveling to assist missionaries across the world. He and Kim have been married since 1986 and have three adult children.