"Amor Via Vitae in Christo"

Love through Life in Christ Colors      Azure Blue,      White Symbol Ellipse Flower White Rose of Sharon Publication The Ellipse Philanthropy Bethesda Lutheran Communities and the YMCA Headquarters West Des Moines, Iowa USA Website http://www.phibetachi.org/

Phi Beta Chi (ΦΒΧ) is a national sorority formed to support collegiate women socially, spiritually and academically. Phi Beta Chi was founded on Christian values and celebrates its Lutheran heritage. It was founded on March 26, 1978 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

About Phi Beta Chi

ΦΒΧ Facts

Founding Date
March 26, 1978
Founding Location
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
White Lamb
"Now a Rose"
Azure Blue & White
White Rose of Sharon
"Amor via Vitae in Christo" Love through Life in Christ
The Ellipse

The Creed

We, the sisters of Phi Beta Chi, shall strive to be faithful and energetic Christian leaders and shall celebrate the Lutheran heritage. We stand for good scholarship, for the guarding of good health, for the maintenance of fine standards, for service to Church and Humanity and for the attainment of excellence in all of our endeavors. In all of our activities, we shall strive to be living symbols of the Rose of Sharon and shall use Love through Life in Christ as the ideal which shall guide our lives. For I am the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Field.


Bethesda Lutheran Communities
The mission of Bethesda Lutheran Communities is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Rose of Sharon Education Foundation
The ROSE Foundation has provided assistance to convention attendees, as well as annually sponsoring the awards to honor individual excellence. The ROSE Foundation recently provided financial assistance for a sister's mission trip, and more opportunities for support are always being considered as funds are available.
YMCA is an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

Chapters & Colonies

Alumnae Chapters

  • Central Indiana
  • East Central Illinois
  • Greater St. Louis
  • Houston
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • Northern Illinois

National Executive Council

Shelly Etzel
Past President
Beth Southern
VP Alumnae
Lucy Fluellen
VP Communications
Julie O'Neill
VP Education
Lauren Trevillian
VP Expansion
Melanie Irwin
VP Finance
Sara Sturm
VP Recruitment
Michelle Mulvihill
VP Standards
Kelsey Kelley

Executive Director

Executive Director
Amy Johnson
Director Emeritus
Linda Saddler
Director Emeritus
Mary Gerlach

ΦΒΧ Holidays

Founders' Day
March 26
Susan's Day of Service
November 13
Chapter's Founders' Day
Each collegiate colony/chapter recognizes its founding anniversary annually.
National Convention
Sisters come together every year to conduct sorority business, reunite with fellow Beta Chis, and celebrate Phi Beta Chi.

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