Rich Cummins was selected as the new President/CEO of Lead Like Jesus and began this new calling November 2, 2020. With more than twenty years of senior leadership and c-suite experience, Rich is a life long learner who is passionate about developing people and organizations while cultivating a culture built on relationships, service, and excellence.
Rich has evidenced God’s great provision in the organizations that he has served. Early in his career, he led the charge to reestablish and grow his family’s business. As a business leader in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he helped cast the vision that saw the downtown area revitalized.
When Rich sensed God’s calling into para church ministry, he began by helping to purchase and operate a Christian radio station (STAR 88.3 in Fort Wayne, IN). While with the radio ministry, Rich led several campaigns to expand the footprint of the radio network by purchasing stations and broadcast translators. His team won the prized Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year award twice (2009 & 2013).
While serving as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bethel University, Rich launched a comprehensive campaign to build a new track training facility, fund operations for multiple years, and transform the school’s image through branding and marketing efforts. The school transitioned from Bethel College to Bethel University (IN) under Rich’s guidance. More recently, Rich was recruited by New Song Ministries to create an advancement division to grow and sustain Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, the nation’s largest and longest running Christian music tour.
Rich has a Masters in Organizational Leadership at Huntington University, an Advanced Executive Coaching credential from the Townsend Institute, the Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive with CFRE International. Rich also serves his church as an ordained minister.
Rich enjoys spending time with his wife, Danielle, and five amazing children, riding bikes and having conversations about Jesus and leadership.