Meet the Pastor
Rich Vreeland was called to serve as our Pastor in January of 2021. He previously served as an associate pastor at Missiongathering Christian Church in Charlotte, NC. He is a Master of Divinity candidate at Lexington Theological Seminary and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from that same institution. He was awarded the Whitehouse Award for excellence in pastoral care and the Moore Award, awarded to an outstanding student in their ministry site. Rich was ordained into the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in June of 2021.
Prior to entering ministry, Rich was a licensed middle school math teacher in the North Carolina public school system. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance from St. John’s University and spent many years working on Wall Street and in financial services software.
After leaving finance in 2006, feeling a void, Rich spent several years searching for spiritual meaning and purpose. Having been raised Catholic and experienced a Christian re-birth in his 30’s, Rich had little exposure to other traditions and theologies. Never giving up his love of Jesus, Rich struggled to find his place in the church. His connection to his Christian upbringing and his belief in the life, death and resurrection of Christ would follow him into his exploration of religion and philosophy.
It wasn’t until October of 2014 that Rich finally found a connection and a spiritual home in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Missiongathering Charlotte proved to be a living example of God’s love. A loving and warm congregation, that truly welcomed everyone, Missiongathering served as God’s messenger and placed God’s call on Rich’s heart.
Today Rich answers that call by sharing God’s love with all people. His vision and passion are expressed through a desire to heal those hurt by the church and to create a space where all are welcomed, loved, and encouraged to live into their authentic self. Rich believes that we are all wonderfully made regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or socio-economic status. We are all equal in God’s kin-dom.