Rev. Ritney A. Castine,
Pastor & Senior Servant
Advocate. Activist. Leader. These are three words that come to mind when describing the Rev. Ritney A. Castine. Pastor Ritney has led initiatives across the country that educated youth and mobilized communities around the dangers associated with drugs and substance abuse. He’s created several innovative campaigns that has empowered others to be change agents and model citizens.
Pastor Ritney received his first ordination in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in October 2016 and was appointed the pastor of Trinity AME Church in Gonzales, LA in 2017. Under his leadership, he has dramatically increased the visibility and viability of a church once slated for closure. He has held various leadership positions within the 8th. Episcopal District, to include Dean of the Theological Institute for the Louisiana Annual Conference and Director of the Eighth Episcopal District’s Social Action Ministry.
Through intentional ministry, Pastor Ritney led Trinity through transformational change. Under his leadership, the congregation purchased a modern building and five acres of land in one of Louisiana’s fastest growing cities. He later completed a debt-free major renovation of the facilities that positioned the church for 21st century ministry in a post-pandemic world. Pastor Ritney possesses a unique gift of connecting the church to the broader community, and has leveraged relationships to facilitate partnerships and increase the church’s budget through grants, corporate giving, and by cultivating individual donors outside of the church’s membership. Pastor Ritney has an infectious personality, possesses the gift of preaching, and has strong administrative skills.
Professionally, he is the Principal and Chief Strategist at Imagine Greater, Inc., a consulting firm designed to assist nonprofits and other organizations to become more focused and effective agents of change. He sits on various boards including the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, Youth Empowered Solutions, the River Road African American Museum, and the AME Church Federal Credit Union. He serves as Chair for the State of Black Health National Conference. Beyond a bachelor’s degree, Pastor Ritney possesses a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University and is currently seeking a Master of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. He is contributing author to the book, “F.I.S.H.I.N. G. Differently” and is finalizing his first solo book, a 31-day devotional guide entitled “Laugh Through It.”
More than everything, Pastor Ritney is a firm believer in the power of God, and he gives God the glory for all he’s been fortunate enough to experience.
His favorite scripture is Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”