Amy Gall Ritchie, director of student development and alumni/ae relations at Bethany Theological Seminary, will resign her position as of May 15, 2018. She began her employment at Bethany in August 2003.
Ritchie’s involvement in the lives of students at Bethany has encompassed personal attention in times of discernment, crisis, and celebration; facilitating community building among students and the Bethany community as a whole; overseeing orientation for new students; serving as staff liaison for the Student Leadership Team; planning informational on-campus events as part of ministry education; and being a resource for those relocating to Richmond. As Bethany’s distance student numbers increased, building community came to include more technology, taking advantage of student attendance during intensive classes, and traveling to where they live and work.
For much of her tenure, Ritchie was the admissions contact for international students who came to Bethany. She was also called upon to lead spiritual direction as part of the MDiv ministry formation program. As a team member for a grant-funded Seminary research project, she assisted in interviewing congregations to help Bethany better prepare students for ministry in today’s contexts. During 2016 Ritchie assumed the role of interim director of admissions and student services as the department underwent restructuring. In 2017 she took on responsibility for alumni/ae relations, focusing on strengthening connections within the alumni/ae body and acknowledging their work in ministry.
President Jeff Carter stated, “Over the years Amy has assumed different roles and positions within admissions and student services depending on the needs of the Seminary. Through it all, her care and concern for the spiritual health and development of our students has remained her top priority.”
Ritchie is a 1992 MDiv graduate of Bethany and earned a DMin from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2012. That same year she began her spiritual direction practice, Hapax, and in this vocational transition, she will be expanding it to full time.