Lead Pastor

Charles Ritchie

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Pastor Ritchie came to ABC in October, 1989 as Associate Pastor, and became Pastor in September, 1990. He also served as Associate Pastor/Youth & Worship Leader at Agape (ABC) from 1978-1981.

He has served as Pastor or Associate Pastor/Youth & Worship Leader at churches in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Indiana since 1972, and was in full-time evangelism during 1983-84, while a member of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN and Broadmoor Baptist Church, Memphis, TN. His home church was the Leaclair Baptist Church, Memphis, TN, where, as a teenager, he was church organist from 1966-1971. Bro. Charles shares and ministers in approximately 25-30 churches and entertains on his Yamaha FS-500 three-tier organ at 8-10 gaited horse shows across a ten state area throughout each year. Many of his scripture song CD's are available on iTunes, as well as some of his horse show music. His preaching style varies from topical messages dealing with pertinent issues the average person faces to expository sharing from the Word of God.

He attended Kingsbury H.S., Memphis, TN, Union University, Jackson, TN, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS, and Luther Rice University, Lithonia, GA, as well as the Billy Graham School of Evangelism. While pastoring in Hammond, Indiana, Bro. Charles served as a trustee at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, as well as, on the Executive Committee & Executive Board for Indiana Baptists.

He met the former Jackie Carolyn Fowler while a freshman in college and they married several years later on December 21, 1973. The Lord also blessed their home with 3 lovely daughters: Tara Dawn Tanner (1978), Charlotte Carolyn Stewart (1981), and Rebecca Lynn Ritchie (1987-deceased).

Charles and Jackie enjoy hiking in the Smokies, fishing, hunting, camping, water sports, racquetball, softball, music, and spending time with their immediate family and church family. They also have five granddaughters who affect their schedules each week, Ellie Kate Stewart, Abigail Lynn Stewart, Carolyn Dawn Tanner,  Adelyn Grace Tanner, & Evie Joy Tanner!

Life Verse: "For I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live.Yet, not I, but Christ lives in me. And, the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me".  Galatians 2:20

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  January 2021  
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