Community West Church

DENISE RITCHIE

Administrative Assistant

Coordinates and manages the office, communications, and calendars

What did you want to be when you were young?

Actually, I’m still young, and still trying to learn what I want to be when I grow up. I do recall though, when I was very young, aspiring to be a synchronized swimmer. I came close (joke), as my “career” turned out to be in graphic design.

If you were being treated to a free lunch, where would you go?

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, overlooking the James River. Lunch would happen after biking the Capital Trail. All with my best friend (and husband), Chuck.

Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not?

Only pleasant ones, for obvious reasons. I especially love to deliver pleasant surprises.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

WARNING: This person is known to break out in fits of “bust out” laughter.

What is your favorite part about what you do?

I love waking up to a better (ie; more meaningful and enjoyable) purpose than making someone else money. It’s great having a blend of my spiritual life and work life. I interact with some wonderful people – Nelson and the rest of the staff, volunteers, elders and Community West covenant partners.

What excites you most about Community West?

Being a part of something new that God is doing. I am excited to be involved in the beginning and look forward to experiencing the amazing things He will do with this sweet church.

What would be your personal motto

Live life, learn from mistakes, be kind, and don’t wait for happiness to just happen… take steps to make it happen.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

I’m happiest when I have time with my family and friends, especially while out enjoying nature. I particularly enjoy: hiking, race walking, biking, kayaking, rafting, exercising, reading, creating art, gardening. My latest hobbies include creating art from real butterfly wings (I don’t kill the butterflies), learning to prepare plant-based recipes, and Chuck and I are growing citrus trees, indoor salad greens and microgreens.