In keeping with our Moravian heritage, the Chaplain’s Office celebrates the rich religious diversity of the Salem College community. We provide support for spiritual growth and wellness within today’s global context. We encourage the pursuit of the journey which gives meaning to life, while also fostering understanding and respect among various faith traditions.

About the Chaplain

The Reverend Dr. Amy Rio is the Chaplain at Salem Academy and College. Rev. Rio is a United Methodist minister and a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She has a B.A. from Greensboro College, with a major in Religion and Philosophy. She also has a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and received her Doctor of Ministry degree, with a concentration on Spirituality and Story, from Wesley Theological Seminary. Rev. Rio has served churches in Western North Carolina and has served for a number of years in campus ministry at both the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Department Staff

The Chaplain’s office works with the denominational campus ministries and with the Interfaith Council to offer opportunities for worship, Bible study, personal spiritual growth, and dealing with life’s difficult experiences and questions.  Student suggestions and involvement are encouraged.  Students are also encouraged to contact the Chaplain or a Campus Minister about faith exploration opportunities on campus or if they would like to represent their faith group on this council.

Rev. Rio also teaches classes and presides at ceremonial events in the life of both Salem Academy and College, and she helps maintain ties between Salem and the Moravian Church.

2017-2018 Chaplain Intern

Gretchen Gabrielson

Gretchen Gabrielson is currently a Divinity student at Wake Forest University. After graduating from Furman University in 2015, she enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program at Wake. 


Office Location

The Chaplain’s office is located at the Church Street entrance of Clewell Hall. Rev. Rio can be reached for an appointment at 917-5087 or


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