Bernie Ritterbush’s driving vision, to reestablish a culture of biblical manhood in the American church, has taken shape over the course of more than three decades in Christian ministry. After receiving Christ as a young man in 1972, Bernie left a career in insurance eight years later to pursue full time men’s ministry.
In his 16 years with Christian Business Men’s Committee (now Connection) in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Chattanooga, TN, Bernie developed a passion to see men grow to spiritual maturity through Gospel-centered discipleship. He envisions nothing less than a reestablished culture of biblical manhood in the American church and our society through a disciple-making ministry to men in every local church. This led him to found Men’s Ministry Network in 1996, where he has walked alongside local and national men’s ministry leaders to see this city’s families, churches and communities become centers of God-glorifying Christian discipleship. As the culmination of his journey of following Jesus, Bernie has developed an innovative approach to disciple-making, called The Jesus Trek, which is an Internet-based small group study. This, he believes, will lead American men to authentic manhood and spiritual maturity in Jesus Christ. Born and raised in Nebraska, Bernie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He and Ann have been married for more than 40 years, now live in Ringgold, GA, and are blessed with three children and three grandchildren.