Pastor Rich has served as the Lead Pastor of New Life since October 2013. New Life is a church community with people from over 75 nations in the heart of Queens, NYC. Rich was born and raised in the East NY section of Brooklyn, one of the more violent neighborhoods in the 80s and 90s. When he was in his late teens, Rich and 14 of his family members became followers of Jesus! He graduated with a BA degree in Pastoral Ministry and Theology from Nyack College. He went on to complete his Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.
Rich enjoys reading widely, preaching and writing on contemplative spirituality, justice-related issues and on the art of preaching. He is part of the Missio Alliance writing team. He’s been married to Rosie since 2006 and they have two beautiful children, Karis and Nathan. When Rich is not leading, preaching and writing, he is watching his beloved Mets, Knicks, and Jets play.