Rich Hites was born in Canton, Ohio and attended college at Malone University where he received his bachelor's degree in History with a minor in Philosophy and Ancient Greek. He attended graduate school at what is now Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He served congregations in both California and North Carolina. He has always loved the stories of the New Testament and its characters so "God's Centurion" began as a short story over 40 years ago. He plans to make it the first of a trilogy of possibly two other novels of New Testament characters, one of whom is also mentioned in "God's Centurion". Rich looks forward to other writing projects from his own life experiences as well.