Rich was born in Whittier, California and came to Santa Barbara to study at the University of California Santa Barbara. In addition to significant involvement in InterVarsity, Rich graduated from UCSB with a degree in Religious Studies. After his experience at Urbana ’09, he pursued long-term missions work in East Africa, subsequently shifting his focus to missionary work within the States. He pursued studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and decided to explore non-traditional models of gathering and ministry. Drawing from orthodoxy, Rich determined to seek alternative structures of missional lifestyles and mature “ecclesia”. Commissioned and licensed through Christian Associates International in February 2010 as a team leader and pastor/church planter, Rich now works alongside friend and ministry partner Jeff Shaffer. His deepest ambition is that he would learn to love and love well.