Clint Ritchie was recently named as the new Assistant Team Leader for the Missions Team at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC). Ritchie has served with the ABSC Missions Team since 2019 as Community Missions Mobilizer. Before coming to the convention, Ritchie pastored churches in Swifton and Hampton, Arkansas and Yazoo City, Mississippi.
Initially, Ritchie came to the ABSC to assist churches with follow-up after community missions events and disaster relief efforts. During COVID, Ritchie began to focus on assisting churches with ways that they could still be on mission in their communities even during the pandemic. This involved coordinating the Acts 1:8 One-Day mission trip, Serve Local, block party training, and evangelism training for Disaster Relief. In addition, Ritchie also helped coordinate various compassion ministries like medical dental clinics, hunger sites and pregnancy care centers.
In his new role as assistant team leader, Ritchie will also become the new Community Missions Strategist. His role will involve much of what he was doing previously in the areas of follow-up and community missions involvement. In addition, he will work closely with Team Leader Dr. Sam Roberts and the rest of the Missions Team to assist Arkansas Baptist churches in all things missions.
“We are excited to welcome Clint Ritchie into his new role as Assistant Team Leader and Community Missions Strategist. Since joining the ABSC Missions Team, Clint has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills while faithfully serving Arkansas Baptist pastors and churches. He is a team player who is respected by his peers. We look forward to the valuable contributions he will continue to bring to the Missions Team and Arkansas Baptist churches seeking to serve their community well,” Roberts said.
Executive Director Dr. J.D. “Sonny” Tucker also expressed his confidence in Ritchie saying, “Clint is an incredible guy with a strong track record of leadership. In his previous service as pastor and in the time that Clint has served Arkansas Baptists, he has demonstrated tremendous ability, initiative, and work ethic. I am confident that Clint will serve Arkansas Baptists and the Missions Team well in this role.”
Ritchie says it’s a blessing to get to serve the churches of the ABSC. He is grateful to Dr. Tucker and Dr. Sam Roberts for the opportunity. “It’s one of the greatest honors of my life to serve Arkansas Baptists. I’m excited about the new role and the opportunity to continue to work with this great team. I look forward to seeing how God will work in and through Arkansas Baptists.”