As our Senior Pastor and lead preacher, Rich Lanning guides both the congregation and its ruling elders to encourage spiritual vitality and create a vision for the church's future. Rich works hard to ensure ECC loves Jesus by loving God, loving one another and serving the world.
Years on Staff
Rich is a graduate of St. Xavier high school and Miami University, and received his Master's of Divinity (MDiv) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Favorite part of Working at ECC
"It is hard to believe that I am paid to study the Scriptures and to communicate the wonders of who God is and what He has done for us. . . ." In addition to his individual work, Rich loves working with dedicated servants throughout the congregation who serve God with their whole hearts.
The Lanning Family
Rich and Christy Lanning have been married 27 years; Rich said it is "a great joy and privilege to serve alongside Christy as parents and in ministry." They have six kids and recently welcomed a son-in-law into their family.
During breaks in homeschooling and participating in Co-op, the Lannings enjoy camping in and exploring National Parks across the country.
Favorite Books and Authors
Though not an exhaustive list, a few of Rich's favorite books include The Call of the Wild, Les Misérables, Dangerous Journey (Pilgrim's Progress), Tales of the Kingdom and Mere Christianity. Besides these titles, Rich also loves to read works by St. Augustine, John Calvin, Iain Murray, David Wells, J.I. Packer and John Piper.