FCMM’s President-designate grew up on a farm near Warren, Minnesota, a small town in the northwest corner of the state. He is a graduate of Moorhead State University with a B.A. in Economics. Ric served as a staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1977-1982. Feeling God's call to Pastoral Ministry, Ric attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School from 1982-1985, graduating with a Master of Divinity.
Following seminary, Ric was called to plant a new church, Lakes Free Church, in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Starting with 14 families in the fall of 1985, the church has grown to an average attendance of 550. Pastor Stanghelle has led the church through multiple building projects and two church plants in neighboring communities. He has also done Pastoral Training in Ecuador, Peru, and Guatemala for the past 17 years. Serving on the FCMM Board of Trustees for 22 years, Ric has been Chairman since 2002.
Ric and his wife Gail have three grown sons: Matthew, Jason, and Ben. Matthew is a Pastor of Discipleship at First Free in Wichita; Jason is working on his Doctorate in Old Testament at TEDS; and Ben is in Medical School at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Ric and Gail have four grandchildren. In his free time, Ric enjoys traveling, hiking, fishing, reading, gardening, and photography.
See FCMM announcement.