Rev. Rich Lang is currently the District Superintendent of the Seattle/King County United Methodist Church. He has been a pastor for 28 years serving congregations in LaConner, Bay View, Spokane, Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and at Seattle’s University Temple.
He writes a column for Real Change called Faith, Politics and Culture, and his ministry has been highlighted in the books Natural Saints and Fixing America. He has received the Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Award from the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Taking the Bull by the Horns from Sustainable Ballard, and the Rauschenbusch Center’s Spirit and Justice award. He has been arrested for homeless advocacy, and was intentionally pepper sprayed by Seattle police during the Occupy marches.
He is married to Cathy for 33 years, and has two adult sons who carry on the family values of solidarity with the poor, with unions, and with all who work for peace with justice.