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H. Michael Rich
141 4th Street
Waynesville, NC  28786
email: mrich@wnccumc.org


Web & Communications Manager for the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church (November 2013-present)

Congregational Vitality Strategist for the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain Districts of The United Methodist Church (July 2012-November 2013)

Director of Extension Education/Plus 50 Program Director at Southwestern Community College, Sylva, NC (March 2010 – June 2012)

Also Serving as Interim-Pastor at Love’s Chapel/Webster United Methodist Churches in Sylva, NC (from January 2012-June 2012)

2007-2010 Elder SAFE Project Coordinator for the 30th Judicial District Alliance, Waynesville, NC

2007 Staff Photographer at The Mountaineer, Waynesville, NC

2006- 2007 Self-employed and writing full-time, Waynesville, NC

2001 to 2006 Pastor, Kobe Union Church, Kobe, Japan

1999 to 2001 Pastor, New Covenant United Methodist Church, Mt. Holly, NC

1997-1999 Director of Communications, Mississippi Conference, The United Methodist Church

1993-1997 Pastor, Mayodan United Methodist Church Mayodan, NC

1990-1993 Associate Pastor and Director of Christian Education,
Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Lake Junaluska, NC

1987-1989 Instructor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

1988-1989 Private Consultant and Producer for Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Greenbelt, MD

1984-1985 Camp Director, Camp Loy White, Casar, NC

1981-1982 Pastor, Dozier Charge, The United Methodist Church, Dozier, AL


1995 Ph.D., Recreation, University of Maryland College Park, MD
Dissertation: The Interrelationships of Leisure Attitude, Leisure Satisfaction, Leisure Behavior, Intrinsic Motivation and Burnout Among Clergy

1986 M.Div., The Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC

1984 Certificate in Ethics and Public Policy, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

1982 B.A., Religion and Philosophy, Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL


2010-2012 Continuing Education courses through Southwestern Community College

2001-2006 Guest Lecturer, Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya/Sanda, Japan
(English Department, Theology Department, Policy Studies, Media Communications)

1987-1989 Instructor, University of Maryland, Department of Recreation. College Park, MD

Courses taught:

Outdoor Recreation
Introduction to Leisure and Recreation
Outdoor Recreation Planning and Management
Wilderness Planning and Management (graduate level)

1989 Research Assistant, Department of Recreation, University of Maryland and Maryland Fish and Wildlife Department Potomac Fishing Survey, College Park, MD

1987-1989 Assistant Project Director, Recreation Plan for Dahlgren and White Oak Naval Centers, College Park, MD

1987 Assistant Director, Wildland Management and Resources Planning School, University of Maryland in cooperation with Dartmouth College and U.S. Forest Service

1986-1987 Research Technician, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, Projects in Integrated Pest Management, College Park, MD


Lecturing and workshops on Elder Abuse for the 30th Alliance in WNC

Lecturer, Alumni Reunion and Continuing Education
Lakeview Bible College and Seminary, Chennai, South India

Internet for the Local Church, New Pastors Workshop, Western North Carolina Conference, Charlotte, NC, Charlotte District Advanced Lay Speaking Course (Planning and Leading Worship), Charlotte, NC

District, Cluster and Local Church Training in Communications, Mississippi Conference

Northeast District Leadership Conference, “Youth Ministry in Your Local Church”, Eden, NC
Northeast District Leadership Conference, “In Mission: Models for Making Youth Leaders”, Mt. Airy, NC

Fit for Life Sunday School Conference “Sunday School for the Unchurched”, Western North Carolina Conference, Charlotte, NC

SEJ Recreation Workshop, “Minimizing Stress and Avoiding Burnout”, Camp Sumatanga, AL
The Intentional Growth Center, “Clergy Stress and Burnout” (through Duke Continuing Education), Lake Junaluska, NC
Asheville District Leadership Conference, “Developing a New Youth Ministry” Asheville, NC
The Intentional Growth Center, “Revisioning Ministry Workshop”, Lake Junaluska, NC

SEJ Recreation Workshop “Behind and Beyond the Leisure Experience: Advanced Concepts for Leisure Ministries”, Camp Sumatanga, AL

The Intentional Growth Center, Elderhostel, “Caring for God’s Creation”


2003 & 2006 Organizer, Asian International Pastor’s Conference in Chennai, India & Phuket, Thailand

2001 Staff, Postmodern Worship Seminar with Leonard Sweet at Lake Junaluska, NC

2000 Staff, SEJ Conference Web Team, Online Production Crew that covered Election of Bishops at Lake Junaluska, NC

1995-2000 Conference Communications Commission Western North Carolina Conference

1999-2000 Charlotte District Communications Committee

1996-1997 President, Madison-Mayodan Ministerial Association

1994-1995 Secretary, Bishop’s Task Force for a More Just Compensation

1991-1995 Conference Youth Ministries Committee Western North Carolina Conference



1984 Intern, Sojourners Magazine, Washington, DC

1983 Summer Student Pastor, Belwood UMC Charge, Belwood, NC

1982 Summer Student Pastor, Wrightsboro UMC, Wrightsboro, NC

1980-81 Youth Worker, Capitol Heights UMC, Montgomery, AL

1979 Summer Intern, Autaugaville UMC, Autaugaville, AL

1978-1979 Student Intern, Woodland UMC, Pike Road, AL

1978 Summer Intern, Columbia UMC, Columbia, AL


1997 Distinguished Service Award, Madison-Mayodan Jaycees, Madison, NC

1995 John Louis Borchert Award, Christian Communications, Western North Carolina Conference

1987 World Leisure and Recreation Congress, Graduate Student Fellow, Banff, Alberta


2006-present  Dozens of articles and thousands of photographs in The Mountaineer, Waynesville, NC along with numerous publications across Western North Carolina

2005 Excerpts from a Tell All Book in The Wittenburg Door (Sep/Oct)

2004 At Home: On Carpenter’s Knob, Lulu Press

2004 It’s My Job, Lulu Press

2003 What Will It Take? Some questions about technology and the church in The Ooze: Conversation for the Journey (online magazine at www.theooze.com)

2003 Leadership on the Otherside: a review of Bill Easum’s “Leadership Clues to the Wormhole” in The Ooze: Conversation for the Journey (online magazine at www.theooze.com)

2003 Review: Educational Development through Information and Communications Technology. Teaching Theology & Religion (in press, April 2003)

2002 International Church: Postmodern Model? in The Ooze: Conversation for the Journey (online magazine at www.theooze.com)

2002 Oh Thank Heaven!: A Gospel of Convenience. The Door Magazine

2002 Profile: Ichiro Yamauchi D’65. Divinity (Duke University)

2001-2002 Monthly Series, East of Ruffin for The North Carolina Christian Advocate

2000 Series of Articles on UMCOR’s work in Kosovo, appearing in over 30 newspapers across the denomination

2000 The Lesson Tee by O.T. Green. Series of articles relating golf to life. The North Carolina Christian Advocate

1999-2000 Christian Coping. Series of articles on Burnout and Leisure with Clergy, The North Carolina Christian Advocate

1999 Growth Continues in Mississippi. Forward Magazine (Foundation for Evangelism)

1997-1999 Regular articles and short pieces for the Mississippi United Methodist Advocate, United Methodist Reporter, United Methodist News Service, and Interpreter Magazine

1998 Burnout and Leisure. Howard M. Stanton-Rich and Seppo E. Iso-Ahola, Journal of Applied Social Psychology

1995-1997 OFFLINE with Mike Stanton-Rich. Monthly column, The North Carolina Christian Advocate,

1995 Executive Summary: The Interrelationships of Leisure Attitude, Leisure Satisfaction, Leisure Behavior, Intrinsic Motivation and Burnout Among Clergy. A Report for the Intentional Growth Center

1995 The Interrelationships of Leisure Attitude, Leisure Satisfaction, Leisure Behavior, Intrinsic and Burnout Among Clergy. Doctoral Dissertation, The University of Maryland

1993 Day Camp for VBS. Leader in the Church School Today

1992 Make the Most of Leisure Time. Teacher in the Church School Today

1989 Outdoor Recreation Management Plan: Dahlgren Naval Center. Co-authored with Dr. Robert Kaufmann, University of Maryland

1988 Outdoor Recreation Management Plan: White Oak Naval Center. Co-authored with Dr. Robert Kaufmann, University of Maryland

1989 The Benton MacKaye Trail: History Becomes Reality presented at the 5th Annual Forest Resources Research Conference in Asheville, NC,

1988 Dahlgren Nature Center. Co-authored with Dr. Robert Kaufmann, University of Maryland

1988 Memories from the World Congress. World Leisure and Recreation

1987 Take the Challenge: Careers in Outdoor Recreation. The National Future Farmer,


2015- CONNECT – weekly interview show utilizing BlogTalkRadio.com

1996-1997 “Home on the Knob,” Old Time Radio Program, WMYN/WLOE, Madison, NC

1995-1996 Periodic Segments for “Community Accents,” WMYN/WLOE, Madison, NC, including:

“A Refreshing Face: Robert Landers and the Senior Tour”, 6/96

“Golf Rockingham County: An Interview with Greensboro National Golf Club”, 10/95

“A Silent Witness: Country Musicians and Christianity”, 8/95

“It Ain’t Fishing: Life on the ‘Net”, 7/95

“You Say Potato…The Society of St. Andrew in North Carolina”, 6/95

“A Missionary in Bangladesh: An Interview with Frank Patterson”, 6/95

“Diamond Dreams: Minor League Baseball in the Year of the Strike”, 5/95

“When a Farm Means More: An Organic Farm in Rockingham County”, 4/95

“New Beginnings: A New Community Ministry”, 3/95

1995 The High School Game of the Week: Live Football Coverage, WMYN/WLOE, Madison, NC



1998 Co-Producer, Cokesbury Satellite Network’s Production, It Takes a Child, with Bishops Ken Carder and Marshall Meadors

1988-1989 “Hypermedia for a New Century (Production and research for a series of broadcasts on Computers, the Internet, and interactive video for the Japanese)

1988 “The U.S Women’s Open” (Production assistant for live coverage for NHK Sports)

1988 “Gaijin Baseball” (Research and production for foreigners in Japanese Baseball–the differences and similarities)



Available upon request


Michael Rich used the name Mike Stanton-Rich from 1985-2006. He returned to his birth name in June 2006.