pastor Jim
“ But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep [bathos] things of God [Theos].”
~ 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 About
James M. Riccitelli is a graduate of Nyack College (Nyack, N.Y.) where he majored in theology, and the University of Toledo (Ohio) where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology. His master’s thesis was entitled, “Musical Taste and Social Experience: An Examination of Factors Related to the Enjoyment of Hard Rock and Heavy Classical Music among Students.”
Ordained by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Mr. Riccitelli pastored churches in West New York, N.J., and Sidney, N.Y., and served as a three-term Alliance missionary along with his wife, Ruth, and family, in Burkina Faso, West Africa. There he engaged in church planting and development; reduction to writing of the language of the tribe formerly called Red Bobo (now, Bwa); director of the Christian bookstore and radio ministry, and pastor of the French language services. His article on linguistics (tone
reduction) was published by the United Bible Society, articles on ethnomusicology were published  by Practical Anthropology, and an article on education from a Christian perspective was published by the College of Education of the University of Toledo. He is also a musician and continues to compose music for church use.
After returning from  the mission field, he served as minister of music at First Alliance, Toledo, Ohio and interim pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church in Toledo. He then became founding pastor of the Berean Fellowship of the Church at Toledo (now affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance) where he served as pastor for twenty-eight years
He taught as adjunct professor at the University of Toledo, Adrian College (Adrian, Michigan), Detroit Bible College, Toledo Extension (later called Toledo’s Center for Biblical Studies), and William Tyndale College (Farmington Hills, Michigan).
Mr. Riccitelli also has a counseling ministry and ministers as a conference speaker. He is committed to Biblical solutions to social-especially, relational-problems.
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