After serving on the Keys for Kids board of directors for 13 years, followed by 12 years as Executive Director, Terre Ritchie announced that she will retire this fall.
“The entire board admires her insight and leadership, which are incredibly important skills to have in her role,” Board President Duane Culver said. “Her passion to help kids grow in their spiritual lives and desire to collaborate with organizations with similar missions is inspiring. We will certainly miss her God-given talents in the years to come.”
Under Ritchie’s leadership, Keys for Kids produced an online Bible study, iTOADu.com; translated Keys for Kids stories into dozens of languages, changed its name from CBH Ministries; reorganized into three operational divisions – radio, print, and Internet; moved the headquarters to a more efficient building; and created the Seasons of Faith picture book series.
“Since 1942, God has brought us two women as executive directors,” recalled Keys for Kids Ambassador at Large “Uncle” Charlie Vander Meer. “The first, Bertha Trover Shooks, took the ministry from disappearing to a well-run organization for many years. The most recent woman God chose as Executive Director led us into new frontiers.
“Terre Ritchie is a joy to work with,” he continued. “While I’m sorry to see her go, I realize that this choice is made with her family and future in mind. God will bring the Executive Director of His choice in His timing.”
After leading 16 mission groups to Romania, Ritchie hopes to expand her personal ministry in retirement.
“I’ve ministered to children in the U.S., France, Fiji, Kenya, Costa Rica, and many more places around the world,” Ritchie said. “There’s never a shortage of work, just a shortage of workers. It’s my turn to spread the Gospel to expand the Kingdom in new ways.”
A committee comprised of board members has begun to search for Ritchie’s replacement. More information about resource material for the open position is available at www.keysforkids.org/ForParents/AboutUs/RetirementAnnouncement.aspx.
By NRB Staff
Published: February 12, 2015