Bob is a native Floridian, having been born and raised in Daytona Beach. He became a Christian at the age of eleven, giving his life to Christ at North Florida Christian Service Camp, and being baptized in the lake there. From that point on he was a member of South Daytona Christian Church until he left for Atlanta Christian College. Upon graduating from the college, Bob was ordained into the preaching ministry at South Daytona Christian with Robert L. Cox, Jr. officiating. Since that time he has been involved in a variety of ministries in various churches, both formally and informally, including youth and preaching ministries. He has had two interim preaching ministries since embarking upon his teaching career at Florida Christian College. He is currently an elder at Radiate Christian Church in Celebration, Florida. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Christian Campus Ministry at the University of Florida that is led by Bob and Celeste Gailey.
Bob has significant professional and personal interests in history. He is a Life Member of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, a Life Member of the Halifax Historical Society of Daytona Beach, and a member of the Osceola Historical Society (here in the Orlando metropolitan area). Academically, Bob’s area of expertise lies in the Restoration Movement of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ (a.k.a. the Stone/Campbell Movement). In addition, the Protestant Reformation is another area of prominent interest and concern as evidenced by his creation of a course by that name for Florida Christian College which is now regularly offered on a rotating basis.
Professor Ritchie enjoys tennis and table tennis, watching college football, reading, and collecting a wide-range of historical items, such as stereoviews, postcards, communion tokens, old bottles, books, etc.
Bob and Sandra Ritchie have been married for over 36 years. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. Their daughter, Heather LoGiacco, is an alumna of Florida Christian College.
Courses Taught at Florida Christian College
GHI 285 American History
GHI 270 Restoration History
GHI 312 Protestant Reformation
GHI 220 Western Civilization I
GHI 230 Western Civilization II
ADG 275 Early Church History
ADB 210 Origin and Development of the Bible
GHU 310 Humanities I: Classical Antiquities
GHU 320 Humanities II: Early Christianity
BOT 216 Foundations of Hebrew History
ADB 320 Ministry of Jeremiah
ADB 310 From Eden to Exile
ADB 221 Genesis Seminar
BNT 230 I, II, & III John
ADG 270 Restoration History
ADB 320 Ministry of Jeremiah
Publications & Presentations
Book Review: Richard J. CHEROK. Debating for God: Alexander Campbell’s Challenge to Skepticism in Antebellum America. Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2008. 224 pp. $34.95. Published in Stone-Campbell Journal Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 2009): 251-253.
Book Review: John M. IMBLER, ed. A Passion for Christian Unity: Essays in Honor of William Tabbernee. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2009. 180 pp. $24.99. Published in Stone-Campbell Journal Vol. 14, No. 2 (Fall 2011): 249-253.
Article: Benjamin Franklin: American Icon…Almost, But ?,
Spring 2008 edition, Sonlife Article a publication of Florida Christian College.
Ancient Gnosticism, Neo-Gnosticism, and the New Jesus:
What “Jesus” Should We Embrace?,
September 2006 1st Annual Aereopagus Lectures sponsored by the Humanities Division of Florida Christian College.
Black History - Cause for Celebration,
2011 Black History Celebration hosted by Florida Christian College.
2012 Black History Celebration hosted by Florida Christian College.
Courses Taught at Other Institutions of Higher Learning
May 2008, Department of Biblical Theology, Atlanta Christian College.