Dr. Rich Bimler, Bloomingdale, Illinois, has served the Church in various positions throughout his 49 year ministry career. He repositioned in 2006 after serving for 15 years as President/CEO of Wheat Ridge Ministries. He currently serves as the Ambassador of Health, Hope, and Aging! (AH-HA!) for Lutheran Life Communities, Arlington Heights, Illinois. He also continues to write, speak, and consult with other agencies and organizations throughout the world.
He is the author of 15 books and continues to celebrate life with his 7 grandkids (photos available upon request!) , 3 grown children, and 1 wife, Hazel!
He is a graduate of Valparaiso University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and has done post graduate work at other institutions. He has been honored by Concordia University, Irvine; Concordia College, Bronxville, and Concordia University, Chicago, with honorary degrees . He serves on numerous boards and advisory groups. He was recently selected as one of the top 150 graduates of Valparaiso University during VU’s 150th anniversary celebration.
His previous ministries in St. Louis (LCMS National Staff), Minneapolis (District Executive,Youth, Evangelism, and Social Ministry, Minnesota South), Kansas City (DCE) , and Houston (Youth Ministry Director) provided him many exciting opportunities to celebrate life in the name of the healing Christ!” . He served in St. Louis with the LCMS Youth Ministry staff as Executive Director and as an Assistant to the President of the LCMS, 1989-91.His latest publication is a Lenten Devotional booklet entitled, “From Death To Life”. He also wrote an Advent Devotional booklet called, “The AH-HA’s of Advent”. Both publications are from Creative Communications, St. Louis. He has a new book coming out from Concordia Publishing House, Summer 2012, entitled, “Joyfully Aging”.Rich continues to enjoy his family, jogging, St. Arbucks, writing, laughing, and , of course, the Chicago Cubs!