Rachel Richter, theology and psychology ’01, case manager with Bell Therapy in its Community Support Program in Kenosha, Wisconsin
I chose WLC because I was looking for a college that would offer both a competitive academic atmosphere, as well as an environment in which I would grow spiritually though fellowship, Bible study and class work, as well as through a variety of opportunities to be involved in ministry.
I decided to be a theology major after my first two years in the psychology program. The more theology courses I took, and the more I dove into my Bible and started truly examining the truths of faith for myself, the more I couldn't get enough. The theology courses provided a wonderful arena in which to explore my faith with professors I found to be excellent mentors, shepherds and friends.
As I worked toward my professional goals and determined to become a licensed counselor, I realized that psychology opens up many questions about the inner workings of the human being, provides many theories and possibilities, and generates further questions and pathways to continue study. However, it was in my theology classes that I found the hope, healing and true help of the Holy Spirit, which I believe is intrinsically important to truly offer a person in search of counseling and healing the most comfort.
I am so incredibly grateful that I majored in theology. The psychology field is one of the most challenging fields to one's faith, with its walk through human suffering, at times unanswerable questions, and circumstances in which one could never have imagined oneself in. Without the solidity and deepening of the roots of my faith which I gained through my theology major, I do believe I would have been blown about in the wind of adversity as I ventured out into my field.
I am currently case managing mentally ill clients through Bell Therapy in their Community Support Program in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Community Support Program enables mentally ill clients to continue living independently with the needed support, encouragement and resources I facilitate for them. The end result is stability, as well as insight into their mental illnesses.
The one thing I would like prospective theology students to know about the WLC theology program is that this major is about more than study and academia. If one truly takes advantage of the opportunities provided – the mentor relationships available through faculty of the highest moral caliber, as well as spending time in prayer and in study of Scripture – you will come out of this experience with more than you ever anticipated possible.