Bio: Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The sixth of seven children, Richard Ritenbaugh was born in February 1966 to John and Evelyn Ritenbaugh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In that year, a ministerial transfer sent the family to Columbia, South Carolina, where Richard
present interests in NASCAR, woodworking, and writing, as well as an affinity for the American South.
In early 1983, another transfer settled the family in Highland, Indiana, where in 1984 Richard
attended Spokesman's Club
, was baptized, and graduated from high school.
From Highland, he
left for Ambassador College in Pasadena, California.
During his sophomore and junior years in college, he worked in Ministerial Services/Church Administration for the Worldwide Church of God (WCG), and in his senior year, he held the position of News Director at the campus radio station, KBAC.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in theology in 1988, he took a job with TransAmerica Insurance in Costa Mesa, California, working as a premium auditor for its Worker's Compensation division, a job he held until 1992.
Having kept abreast of the massive changes—and having rejected them—Richard and Beth decided to leave the WCG in early January 1992, along with his parents and several others scattered across the nation.
Richard was appointed to its Board of Directors, and in May, the church hired him as a writer and the managing editor of its magazine, booklets, and other publications, as well as to maintain its computer systems.
was ordained an elder in October 1995, and later as a pastor in December 2007.
has since continued to serve the church through his
writing, editing, and speaking.