Rich first served Hope Lutheran School in St. Louis, Missouri as 7th and 8th grade teacher and coach for four years. He then served nine years at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School in Decatur, Indiana. In addition to being a 5th and 6th grade teacher, he served such roles as principal, school athletic director and coach.
In 2005, Rich accepted a Divine Call to Concordia as 4th grade teacher. He completed his Master’s degree in elementary education at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne in 2007 with a research thesis centered on parent/teacher/student communication. He has also been named to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette’s Teacher Honor Roll.
"I like the opportunity to teach and share the Lutheran Christian Faith and the chance to serve fellow Christians and non-Christians and their families. At Concordia, I appreciate being supported to pursue higher education so I am best equipped with the latest developments in education.”
Additionally, he has turned these educational opportunities into service for the church at-large. He has presented at both the Indiana District Educators’ conference and at the national Lutheran Education Association Convocation. Topics have included introducing genealogy to elementary school students, learning about incorporating the Iditarod into the daily curriculum, and the inspirational story of early 20th century Lutheran missionary Rosa Jinsey Young.
In addition to being a Bible study teacher and coordinator, Rich has served his congregation as a member of Concordia Lutheran Church’s board of directors, chairman of the Senior Pastor Call Committee, and member of the Lifelong Learning Committee. He has served the Indiana District as an advisory delegate to the triennial convention of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, secretary of the Committee on Constitutional Matters, and NLSA District Accreditation Committee. His hobbies include genealogy, reading, and supporting the 2005 World Series champion Chicago White Sox.