Meet the Pastor
Rev. Ryan Ritzmann

 I was born in Columbus OH. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Comparative Studies of Religion. After graduation I helped found a point of mission for the ELCA’s Young Adult in Global Mission program, where I lived and worked with the Roma people (gypsies) in Ukraine. I received my Masters of Divinity at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, where I met my wife Ashley.  Ashley has her Masters in Diaconal Ministry and is also the mother of our three children.

My first call to Word and Sacrament was in Litchfield, Illinois to Mt. Zion and Trinity Lutheran. Both of the churches are in rural Illinois.

I enjoy running distances that make most people cry and I love all things beer. I brew my own beer and enjoy brewing long forgotten recipes.

I could go on and on about what I like and don’t like. What I do, or not. But really I am looking forward to showing you. Some things need to remain a mystery, at least in the short run. So I am not going to tell you if I like taking long walks on the beach. You’ll just have to ask when we meet. But what I really, really, super-really want you to know about me is I love the Lord. I want to love him with all my heart, all my mind, all my soul. And some days, I think, I actually get there. More often than I’d like to admit, I fall short. That’s where you come in. We at Crossroad, are God's people. I am a pastor. Not a super-man, but a man of God who wants to struggle with you about what it means to be Christian in our world today and do the good work of spreading His message. I want you to know that I look forward to sharing my life with you. And I look forward to being invited into those special moments of your life.

 

Peace Love Unity Respect

Pastor Ryan