Welcome to the United Methodist Union

The United Methodist Union of Greater Detroit is the missionary organization of the Detroit Renaissance District of the Detroit Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Through program support, capacity building, and developing new models of ministry, the Union works to strengthen and revitalize our congregations and mission agencies to serve their communities.

United Methodist Union Executive Director, Rev. Dr. William A. Ritter

Rev. Dr. Bill RitterSince December 2008, Rev. Dr. William A. Ritter has directed our activities, capably and creatively. In October of 2010, he orchestrated a return to the City of Detroit and our beautifully refurbished offices at Metropolitan UMC.

Rev. Dr. William A. Ritter, or Bill as we know him, has been our colleague in ministry for more than 45 years. His pastoral record includes Dearborn: First, Livonia: Newburg, Farmington Hills: Nardin Park and Birmingham: First. 

He has served in an interim capacity at Livonia: Newburg, Fenton, Northville and Shelby Township: New Hope. A Detroit native, Bill was raised on the northwest side of the city and was a member of Westlawn United Methodist Church. His educational path traveled through Mackenzie High School (1958), Albion College (B.A., 1962) and Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 1965). Albion College awarded him an honorary D.D. in 1981.

Bill is known around the country as an extraordinary preacher and pastor. He has served and continues to serve the larger church in a variety of ways; a Trustee at Albion College, a visiting professor at Albion College, Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina and the Ecumenical Theological Seminary here in the city. 

He was the Mentor in Residence (2006-2009), a program created and sponsored by the United Methodist Union, designed to strengthen and equip pastors. He is also a published author. His most recent book is entitled, Take the Dimness of My Soul Away: Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide. But most important he is husband to Kris, a father to Julie, and a grandfather to Jacob and Georgia Grace.

The Reports of the Executive Director

For past reports, visit the reports archive.

Reports of the Executive Director are available in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the forms. If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader, download it for free from Adobe.



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