Zachary Ritvalsky is an Assistant Professor and Philadelphia Site Director for Lancaster Bible College. In addition to his role at LBC, he has served as the pastor of Sweet Union Baptist Church in Philadelphia for over ten years. While serving at Sweet Union, Ritvalsky was instrumental in helping to form Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild (P.O.W.E.R.), a social justice ecumenical organization that is comprised of more than 40 faith communities. Ritvalsky also oversaw the opening of the Carroll Park Center for Hope, Help, and Healing which provides legal, housing, and job placement services to residents of West Philadelphia. Additionally, Ritvalsky worked alongside community members to form the HMC2 Realty Development Corporation, a for-profit real estate development company financed, owned and operated by local community residents. Before Ritvalsky became the current pastor of Sweet Union, he earned his Masters of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary. Prior to graduating from Westminster, he held positions of increasing responsibility with several corporations including the LF Driscoll Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ernst & Young, LLP. He has been married for over 25 years to Cherie Ritvalsky, and together, they have two children, Kristy and Ilana, along with two grandchildren, McKenzie and Roman.
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