The Board of Trustees at Texas Baptist Children’s Home (TBCH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Debbie Rippstein as the new Executive Director of the ministry.
“After much prayer and seeking God’s guidance during this time of transition, we are delighted that Debbie will be returning to TBCH,” says President Don Forrester. “She is a tremendous blessing and her background will be a great asset to the ministry.”
Rippstein brings more than 30 years of experience in child care administration and executive leadership to her new role. She has served as the Executive Director of Gracewood in Houston since 2007, during which time the program has seen significant growth under her leadership. Prior to serving at Gracewood, another ministry in the Children At Heart family, Rippstein lived in Round Rock for over 21 years and served in various leadership roles at TBCH from 1985 to 2003.
“This move is very bittersweet for me. It is hard to leave the Gracewood community that I deeply love, but I am excited to be returning to my roots at TBCH,” Rippstein says. “Round Rock has always been home to me. Four generations of my family live in the area, including my parents and two young granddaughters. It will be a blessing to be close to my family again and to rejoin the incredible staff at TBCH.”