Risen Christ

A Missouri Synod Lutheran Church

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About Pastor Rich Tursic

Richard Tursic was born on February 6, 1964, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Anton and Susan Tursic.  He was baptized in April of that year at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Solon, Ohio, and was confirmed in May, 1978 at Valley Lutheran Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with honors from Indiana University in May, 1986. After working as a CPA in Cincinnati, he served as an instructor of international business in Beijing, China, to senior cadres within the Electronics Ministry. Having been moved to share his faith on a full-time basis, he entered Concordia Theological Seminary, where he earned his Masters of Divinity degree in May, 1996, His vicarage was spent at Christ Lutheran Church in Brooksville, Florida.

His first assignment was to the Board of Mission Services for whom he served as a church planter in Taichung, Taiwan (1996-1999) and then as a leadership developer in Mainland, China (1999-2006). Upon return to the U.S., he served as a visitation and vacancy pastor in Madisonville and an assistant pastor for King of Kings Lutheran Church in Mason, OH.  He then was called to be sole pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Florence, KY (2008-2014).  

Rich met Katherine Laura Helmreich during his studies at Indiana University and the two were married at University Lutheran Church (where they met) on August 20, 1988. They have been blessed with three children: Andrew, Kelly, and Scott.