Rick Mang and his wife Liz have recently moved to Comanche and will serve FUMC here. Rick’s ministry experience includes pastor at First United Methodist Church in Crowley, Hewitt, Godley and Palo Pinto/Graford and Senior Associate Pastor at the First United Methodist Churches in Grapevine and Waco.

He has been a pastor full-time since 1991. He has played the guitar and sung for children and senior adults since the 1980s.He hopes to volunteer at the hospital as a chaplain and will volunteer to sing at area senior centers, nursing homes and libraries.

Rick says, “I am what one would call a missional pastor. I believe in being out in the community getting to know people. I believe life is all about the quality of relationships you make/have with others. We will be working with the church members and ministry partners at both churches to find out new and innovative ways to be in mission to the citizens of Comanche and Gustine.”

“I’ve been married for 43 years this August 15 to my wife Liz, who is a professional project manager for an engineering company in the DFW area. Liz and I like to RV to Colorado and New Mexico. We also love to support the growing Texas Wine industry, as well as hiking and fishing. We have two daughters who are both happily married, and two wonderful grandchildren. We are raising two Collies,” Rick adds.

“The people in the community and churches in Comanche and Gustine have been so wonderful and made us feel so welcomed. We are going to try and be as involved as we are able to both communities and in other Comanche County activities. We truly feel called to serve here,” Rick says.

Previous employment includes teaching fifth grade, serving as an elementary school chaplain and a police officer in the City of Fort Worth.

Particularly close to Rick’s heart is Boy Scouts. He has served as an executive officer and chaplain for a number of troops in the Metroplex, as well as at Philmount Scout Ranch.

Rick graduated from Perkins School of Theology in the Class of 2000, as well as Texas Wesleyan College in 1979. He graduated from high school at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Senior High.

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