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Columbia Seminary Names Kim Richter Interim Director of Lay Institute for Faith and Life


Decatur, GA.— Dent C. Davis, dean and vice president of Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary, has announced the appointment of The Rev. Kimberly Clayton Richter to serve as interim director of the seminary’s Lay Institute for Faith and Life. She will begin work at Columbia in June, succeeding the former director, Rick Dietrich, who accepted a call earlier this spring to become pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Staunton, VA. Ms. Richter is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) living now in Asheville, NC, where she is pastor/head of staff for Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1980 and entered Columbia Theological Seminary in the summer of 1980 to pursue the Master of Divinity degree. She received a fellowship to study at Westminster College in Cambridge, England, from 1982-1983 and graduated from Columbia in 1984. At graduation, she received the Wilds Book Prize, awarded each year to a graduating student selected by the faculty for the highest distinction in academic work. In 2001, she was a Campbell Scholar at Columbia, one of two pastors participating in an eight-week seminar with five international scholars. She is currently completing studies at Columbia for the Doctor of Ministry degree. Before going to Grace Covenant church in 1999, Ms. Richter served for six years as associate pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta. Before that, she served as associate pastor of Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Hopewell, NJ, and as a part-time parish associate at churches in LaGrange and Hinsdale, IL. In service to the larger church, Ms. Richter has taught in the Commissioned Lay Pastors training program and chaired the Personnel Committee for the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. She has served on the Board of Church Relations for Warren Wilson College and is currently on the Board of Trustees and the Alumni/ae Council for Columbia Theological Seminary. Ms. Richter has edited and written several denominational publications including Members Together: A Guide for New Members; Peacemaking in Nehemiah; and Older Adult Ministry: A Guide for Sessions and Congregations. She has also been a contributor to the Journal for Preachers. She has been a retreat speaker and leader and the featured preacher for numerous conferences and events. Announcing the appointment to the seminary community, Dr. Davis said, “We are so pleased that Kim has accepted this call. She brings a keen awareness of the needs of lay leaders in the church as well as many years of educational experience in working with adults to this important work. Her rich experience and significant gifts in ministry will be tremendous assets as Columbia’s Lay Institute for Faith and Life moves through this time of transition.” Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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