Scott Rich, lead pastor, gulf gate church, sarasota Florida, teacher, preacher, pastorScott Rich
Lead Pastor
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  • How did you end up in SRQ:  We moved from Victoria, B.C. (Canada) after starting a church there.   The beach and sunshine sounded good!
  • How did you end up at GGC:   I was working as a consultant (coach) for pastors/church planters and was asked to preach while the church searched for their next pastor…I began to feel God’s call…and the rest was history!
  • 6th grade education: Washington Elementary, Eureka, CA
  • College: University of California (B.A), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div)
  • Starbuck’s drink of choice: Verona Misto
  • Culinary guilty pleasure: blackberry pie with vanilla ice cream
  • Pastimes: fishing, walking on the beach with my wife, traveling to new places
  • What are you currently reading (not including the Bible): Unbroken
  • First job held: grocery store stock boy at 14
  • Favorite movies: Blindside; Saving Private Ryan
  • If your life was made into a movie, what actor would portray you: My wife would hope for Tom Hanks (She says if she hadn’t married me she would have married him!)
  • Music recently listened to: Joe Bonamassa Live at the Vienna Opera House
  • Can you juggle: yes
  • If you were trapped inside a wet paper bag, could you escape: can I phone a friend?
  • A surprising fact about you: I played rugby in college and broke my cheek bone
  • Favorite flavor ice cream: mint chocolate chip