Joe Ritchie serves on the Board of Trustees for Austin Graduate School of Theology (Austin Grad) as chairman of the Development Committee and also serves on the Missions and Curriculum Committee.
He spent his career as an Agricultural and Natural Resource scientist and professor with 18 years at the Soil and Water Conservation Research Center in Temple, Texas and 16 years as the Homer Nowlin endowed professor at Michigan State University. He presently serves as a visiting professor at the University of Florida and as a consultant to the Department of Geological Sciences, Michigan State University and to two International Crop and Soils Research Centers.
After retiring from Michigan State, he moved back to property near Salado, Texas where he is developing a small subdivision called Terra Bella Salado.
Joe has served as a deacon in the Western Hills Church of Christ in Temple, Texas, an elder in the Holmes Road Church of Christ in Lansing, MI, and presently as an elder in the Belton Church of Christ. He has also served as a trustee for Abilene Christian University (ACU) and presently serves ACU on the University Council.
Joe was raised in a Christian home in Troup, Texas and graduated from the public high school in 1955. He received degrees from Abilene Christian University, Texas Tech University and Iowa State University. He is married to Ann Ritchie and has a son, Allen, who finished a Master’s of Arts in Theological Studies from Austin Grad, and now preaches at the Lake Jackson Church of Christ. His daughter Julie Southworth is a middle school administrator in Texas City, Texas. Joe and Ann have five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.