Rich Ward-Pastor of Student Life & Men's Community

Rich Ward

You're Spouse

I have 2 boys, 1 Daughter in Law and One Grandson

What role do you play at WCC?
I serve as the Pastor of Student Life and Men's Community

How long have you worked at WCC?
25 days/volunteered for 9 years

What other ministry positions have you held at WCC (or other churches or ministries)?
Young Life Staff 18 Years, Youth Pastor 6 Years (2 churches) Campus Pastor/Assoc. Dean Multnomah University and Executive Director of Operation One (child sponsorship Org. in Uganda)

What's your favorite thing about WCC?
Willamette has the vision to create a space for all people to know, love, and follow Jesus. They do this by creating an excellent Sunday experience coupled with great opportunities to be in the community. I love the people, the staff has always inspired me and the Fun culture to share the Joy of Jesus with the people of Portland and beyond.

Favorite or influential books, movies, authors, podcasts, etc...
Erwin McManus, John Collins, the Book "What Are You Known For "," The Next Right Thing", Lectio365, CS Lewis, Henri K, My podcast with my wife, "Empty Nester Therapy" and Anything - Andy Stanley. Maverick, Top Gun!

What’s your favorite thing to do on your days off?
I brew beer, Own a CrossFit Gym and spend time with my amazing wife Amy while she spends time training and spending her time with Guide Dogs. We love being able to host a monthly Dinner for Eight.

If you could have a superpower for a day, what would it be and why?
I would teleport anywhere in the world or be invisible...

If you could trade lives with any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Harvey Spector, from "Suits" - Rich Lawyer, good looking and always wins!

If you could have dinner with any person from history, who would it be and why?
Martin Luther King, Jr

Favorite Bible verse and why?
Gal. 2:20 - This first verse I memorized reminds me of the Grace I have in Jesus and I get to live out HIS love because I am not the same... He lives in me!

If you could have a personal assistant for any aspect of your life, what would you choose? (e.g., cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc.)
Emails, excel spreadsheet and all things that have to do with numbers

What's the funniest nickname you've ever been given, and how did you earn it?
I have many nicknames - Richie, Rich, Richard, Rico and the Bishop (from the men in my men's community group) and my Grandma called me RikRaak.