Rich is a retired clergy member of New York Annual Conference. A graduate of the University of Colorado (A.B.), Iliff School of Theology (Th.M.), and Boston University School of Public Communications (M.S.). He serves as the editor of UM Men magazine and writes news releases on the website.
He is a retired staff member of the UM Publishing House; during the 25 years he was with that agency, he served as editor of United Methodist Today, Circuit Rider, Newscope, the Daily Christian Advocate, the International Christian Digest, the UM Book of Resolutions and Abingdon books. He is the author of two books related to the Social Principles of the denomination.
Rich also served as communications director for Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, the New York Area (New York and Troy Annual Conferences), and the Rhode Island State Council of Churches.
He served as a college chaplain and instructor at Brown University and Rhode Island College, and he served as a pastor in Laramie, Wyo., and Providence, R.I.
Rich has served as press secretary for the Council of Bishops and is a past president of United Methodist Association of Communicators. The association named him the communicator of the year and a 2007 member of the Communicators’ Hall of Fame. Iliff School of Theology named him as alumnus of the year.
He has finished first in his age group in 5K and 10K races, triathlons and marathons.
In 2018, he received five gold, four silver. and two bronze medals in track and field, swimming, cycling and basketball at the Tennessee Senior Olympics.
He has finished six Bike Rides Across Tennessee races.
He is married to Joyce, a member of a community chorus and a volunteer at Walden's Puddle, a shelter for injured wild animals. The couple have two adult children, six grandchildren, and three step grandchildren.