Pastor Bill Ritchie was born in Salem, Oregon, where he lived until his graduation from Willamette University. He then moved to Claremont, California, where he did his graduate work at the School of Theology at Claremont, earning his doctorate in religion. Upon completion of his formal education, Bill pastored two Methodist churches in Washington until 1975 when God put a strong desire in his heart to plant Crossroads Community Church, a non-denominational ministry, in Vancouver, Washington.
Crossroads had a dramatic beginning, with 350 people attending the first service in a high school cafeteria. In 1977, the church became affiliated with the Calvary Chapel movement. In the years since then, Crossroads has grown to over 6,000 people with outreaches in a number of countries in the world. With a ministry that has centered on worshiping the Lord and teaching his Word, Bill gives the credit to God alone for the miraculous work in the ministry of Crossroads.
Across the years, Bill has published three books, had a radio ministry in several countries, and been invested in ministry around the globe. He and his wife Betty have 3 children, 5 grandchildren, one large dog, and enjoy landscaping at their home in Battle Ground, WA.