Chris Ritter



Pastoral History

Voting Code: 1518
Ordained Elder: 1999
Serving: Geneseo: First-Cambridge Multi-site
Relevant Leadership Roles:  BOM, Mentor Training, and CDT.  The UMC must find a comprehensive solution to our divisions at GC2016 so we can rebuild trust and refocus on mission and ministry.  To that end, I have authored major proposals for amicable unity ( ).  These Jurisdictional Solutions have received support from across the theological spectrum, including, according to Christianity Today, acceptance by major names in church renewal.  A committed evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition, I support legislation that creates space for divergent visions of ministry to play out under the UMC umbrella without altering our official positions in ways that would further divided us. 
Experience:  I have led several churches in major expansion, including the growing Geneseo-Cambridge Multisite that is launching a new IGRC congregation in the Quad Cities.  My travels with the UMC have taken me to Italy, Costa Rica, Liberia, and Guinea. 
Other:  M.Div. magna cum laude Candler, ’97, D.Min. with distinction, Perkins ’08.  Becky and I are the proud parents of four young adults. 
Passions:  Evangelism, church history, and the UMC work in Guinea. 
Personal Statement: I would like to think that I have worked as hard as any UM on the issues currently facing our church while remaining open to new  and faithful approaches that might emerge as we conference. I would appreciate your support.  You can read my thoughts on a variety of UMC topics at .