The guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service Sunday at St. John's United Church of Christ will be the Rev. Carl J. Richter.
Richter is the son of the late John H. and Lois (Gollnitz) Richter of Fredonia. He is a 1977 graduate of Fredonia High School, where he was active in student government, sang with the mixed chorus and was one of the original members of the Fredonia Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Jack Sternisha. He also played bass in the orchestra under the direction of Mary Patterson and received a varsity letter in swimming.
He graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 1981 with a degree in music education. While there, he sang with the Festival Chorus, the College Choir, and Fredonia Chamber Singers. He also held the male lead role in the Hillman Opera production of "The Bartered Bride."
Richter taught public school music at Dunkirk Middle School from 1981 to 1983. He also coached the Dunkirk High School swim team during that time. From 1983 to 1991, he taught music at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton. He did graduate work in choral conducting at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Richter received a certificate in clinical pastoral education from the Anna M. Fulling Chaplaincy Program of Harford Hospital in Harford, Ct., in 1993. In 1994 he was admitted to the degree of master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary of New York City. He served as director of religious education at at Second Congregational United Church of Christ in Holyoke, Mass., pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Pittsburgh and currently serves as senior minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lorain, Ohio. He is also an education consultant with the United Church of Christ, and a member of the board of Alumni/ae Council at Union Theological Seminary.
Richter is married to the former Martha Snyder, daughter of Bert and Ginger Snyder of Ft. Myers, Fla., and formerly of Dunkirk. The couple has two children - Katherine, of Pittsburgh, and William, a student at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio.