Our Pastor's Profile

Rev. Richard Rose was born in 1965 in Garden City, NY. Rich was raised in a diverse family with a Jewish father and a Christian mother where, he writes, “there was often a lively discussion of God and faith.” He attended The Waldorf School, Huntington Christian School, Houghton College where he received a BA in Communications and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School where he received his MDiv in 2000. Prior to coming to FBC Ithaca, Rich was the Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Batavia, NY

Rich writes that “As a member of Generation X, growing up in the politically turbulent 1970s has afforded me a spirit that is hungry for authenticity and sincerity. To this end, I have searched for and found God in unconventional places.” He further writes that “... I see the pastor's role as one called to encourage the transformation of individuals and congregations. If we are seeking the salvation of the entire world, we can begin our work by allowing God to sensitize us to the despair, heartache, poverty, selfishness, and need for God's love, that exists in our communities and the world over. I believe the greatest example of a miracle that we can witness today is the transformation of selfishness into compassion and self-righteousness into empathy. I truly believe that God is working through our local churches to make these miracles happen.”

Rich and his wife Renee have two sons, Owen born in 2005, and Emerson born in 2009.


Rev. Rich Rose with Renee and Sons





What does the Lord require of you?
To do Justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
~Micah 6:8~