Drew Ritchie ('14) | Biblical Text
Lake Jackson, Texas
Extracurricular activities/organizations: Gamma Sigma Phi, TXA, LYNAY, Pulse, Student Alumni Association
Favorite courses: Theology and Preaching with Randy Harris, Synoptic Gospels with Curt Niccum, and Sophomore English with Steven Moore
Biggest surprise about ACU: The thing about ACU that surprised me the most was the availability of professors to be mentors, teachers, and friends.
You might also like to know: I have the best family in the world. I will never be able to thank them enough.
Advice to incoming students: Spend less time trying to discover who you are and more time trying to discover your identity in Christ. ACU is a very healthy place to be challenged and grow in your faith.
Why did you decide to come to ACU?
I have a lot of family that has come to ACU, but mostly because I wanted to pursue a vocation in ministry, and I thought ACU was the best place to do that.
How has ACU prepared you academically for your future?
ACU has prepared me for any degree that I choose to pursue and it has instilled in me a goal to never stop learning.
How has your experience at ACU impacted you?
I am incredibly grateful for my Bible professors for pushing me to learn more about the Bible and the testimony it bears to Jesus Christ, but also for compelling me to see the ways that knowledge should impact my life. Also, the ACU community continually reminds me that there are some aspects of my faith that can’t be learned unless I interact with people. I see God in the relationships I have built here at ACU, and it has changed my life.
What have you gained through your involvement with LYNAY?
The best thing about LYNAY for me is the way that I was exposed to countless stories from countless people, and I am reminded about what can happen when we give our lives to God and see the ways that he makes our story a part of a much bigger story.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
I may go straight to graduate school or try and get a ministry job. I am strongly considering going straight into preaching, but I think I would be blessed by doing youth ministry first.
Any additional thoughts?
Abilene Christian University is an incredible place. I have found that the more I get involved at ACU (and I am very involved), the more I have been blessed. I have found that the more I seek to learn from my professors and the faculty at ACU, the more I have been blessed. I have found that the more I pursue quality friendship, the more I have been blessed. I am grateful to everyone at ACU and at home who has made my experience in Abilene so wonderful.