Daniel Ritchie was born without arms and spent the majority of his life being told that he was a hopeless mistake and woefully insufficient to lead a full life. But, God used a preacher to share with Daniel just how much God loved him. The preacher explained that he was not a mistake, but rather “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139) and it was there, at the age of 15, that Daniel accepted Christ as his Lord & Savior.
One year after getting saved, Daniel submitted his life to full time ministry and God began to open doors for him to preach across the South. Close to two decades have passed since Jesus radically changed Daniel’s life, and he has served on staff at a camp, as a student pastor, conference speaker and writer.
Today, Daniel is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and he speaks for churches, schools, camps and conferences all over the US and overseas. As a writer, he have been published in well-known outlets like Fox News, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, For The Church, Church Leaders and Rapzilla. He is a proud husband and father of two amazing kids, and also the author of the newly released book, My Affliction for His Glory.
Daniel Ritchie Speaking on Salvation Through Suffering
Daniel Ritchie Speaking on Abortion on Fox News
"Christ is better." I knew Daniel when he was a middle and high school student and watched him struggle into an embrace of this truth. It was, and is, a beautiful story that moves me to wonder and gratefulness. This story will show you that your worth in Christ is far better than all the arms in the universe.
~ JD Greear, pastor of Summit Church, president of the Southern Baptist Convention; author of Gaining By Losing and Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart
What an incredibly important story for our culture to embrace:: our affliction gives God glory and is for our good. Daniel's story is absolutely beautiful, inspiring, challenging and honest. I found myself mesmerized as he described his pain and struggle while still elevating the goodness and purposes of God. Daniel's story will make you love Jesus more and want to surrender all you have (no matter what) to chase after Him.
~ Aaron Ivey, worship pastor, The Austin Stone
Daniel Ritchie will help you understand that the path to navigating your unique calling is by first embracing this incredible spiritual truth - "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness" (2 Cor 12:29).
~ Daniel Im, director of church multiplication at NewChurches.com; author of No Silver Bullets
Daniel's passion for the gospel leads to some wonderful expressions of humility, and the call to boldly proclaim the gospel to others regardless of our current situation and context. His testimony will challenge you and encourage you in all these ways and more.
~ Tony Merida, pastor for preaching at Imago Dei Church; author of Faithful Preaching and Orphanology