Rich came to First Baptist Church in 1998. He has ministered in Kentucky, Missouri, and West Virginia serving as Minister of Youth, Minister of Education, and Pastor. Rich has been in ministry since 1977, full-time since 1985.
Rich is a native of Oklahoma. He met his wife, Marilyn, while the two were students at Asbury College in Kentucky. They are the parents of three sons: Brian, Todd, and Scott. They have six grandchildren.
Rich is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education and a Doctorate of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary.
Rich's other interests include: photography, major league baseball and genealogy.