Dr. Ritch Boerckel is Senior Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church near Peoria, Illinois. Bethany Baptist was founded in 1891 and has a rich history in Peoria. Ritch has been serving the church as the primary Bible teacher since 1993. He is known for his clear and practical expository preaching and God has blessed his ministry abundantly.

Ritch earned a degree in Pastoral Training from Moody Bible Institute, a Masters degree in Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of ministry degree from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. Ritch was greatly influenced as a teen and young man by his pastor, the late Dr. Bruce Dunn.


Pastor Ritch met his wife Kimberly at a high school youth retreat and they were married in 1987. They have three children: Alexander, Daniel and Jackson. Ritch’s activities outside of ministry include tennis, basketball, golf and spending time with his family.