Rich Theilen grew up in the Twin Cities, graduated from Minnehaha Academy, earned
a degree in economics from St. Olaf College, and spent several years in the oil
industry. After sensing God’s call to
ministry, he went on to graduate from Bethel Seminary and has served churches
in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and British Columbia, Canada. He also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from
Sioux Falls Seminary, has served in many professional and community leadership roles,
and taught theology at Solid Rock School of Discipleship.
wife, Cheryl, is a native of Wooster, Ohio, a graduate of North Park University,
and serves as director of administration for the Northwest Conference of the
Covenant Church. They have one daughter
who is an elementary school teacher.
In their “free time” they enjoy spending time at their farms in Southwest Minnesota, attending theater and other events, visiting family and friends, playing with their dog Katie, and traveling in North America and Europe.