Mark Rich has served in parish ministry, in mission service, and as an adjunct instructor in theological education in the US, Canada, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Mark is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and Northwestern University. His interdisciplinary doctoral research on the Ethics of Jesus has led him into deep conversations and work on the issues of nonviolence, economics, and relationships between people and peoples. In returning to mission service, Mark particularly looks forward to working with emerging leaders of the church in Tanzania and beyond and sharing his passion for the Gospel.

Cynthia Holder Rich has served in parish ministry, in mission service, and in graduate theological education. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and holds degrees from McCormick Theological Seminary, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is the author of three books and many articles, and has presented around the world, particularly about the church in Madagascar, ecumenism, confessional Christianity, race, and women in church and society. Cynthia is excited about learning about the church in Tanzania and working with emerging leaders – particularly women – for the church.

Cynthia and Mark are grateful to God for the gift of three children, Joseph, Paul, and Ella, who are each amazing and wonderful young adults.

About this Site

We are launching this site as we begin our second chapter of mission service. We served in Madagascar with the Malagasy Lutheran Church and the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar from 1998-2003. Returning to Africa gives us great joy. We plan to post regularly about what we learn, who we meet, and where we see God’s Spirit showing up. We thank you for reading!

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