Pastor 2013-Present: Rev. Dr. Dennis S. Ritter

Pastor Ritter is serving Zion’s full-time as interim pastor during its current transition period. He recently took early retirement from Lutheran Congregational Services, a social ministry organization of the ELCA and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod. He served as the Executive Director of that agency for 9 1/4 years. Prior to his work at LCS he served as a pastor at two congregations — Arndt’s Lutheran Church, Easton (13 years) and St. John Lutheran Church, Kutztown (13 years).His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Muhlenberg College, a Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and a Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological School.


Pastor Ritter is married and lives in Lyons. He and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of two grown daughters (Bethann and Cynthia).

Pastor Ritter is excited about returning to parish ministry as Zion’s interim pastor. He looks forward to working with Christ’s disciples at Zion’s to prepare for the arrival of the congregation’s next regularly called pastor.