Educator Richard Cohrs was born “Rich,” in 1948; with handsome coming later. It is unfortunate that his father couldn’t spell, for with the change of just one letter (“h” to “o”), Rich would have grown up in Colorado, instead of the suburbs of Chicago.
Rich attended Concordia-River Forest, graduating in 1971 with a degree in education and a wife – Arlene
(Bunny), his college sweetheart. The couple taught together in a two-room school in New Minden,
Illinois, before moving to Texas and Michigan. They were blessed with three sons, Richard, Robert, and
Russell; along with a daughter, Rebecca. Bunny was called home to heaven in 2004.
God was gracious and sent Carol in Rich’s life to be his wife. She brought two sons, Christopher and
Jeremy, into the union. Together they have six children, twelve grandchildren, and three great-
With over thirty years teaching and leading upper grade students on trips, Rich has learned: never take
oneself too seriously, expect the unexpected, not everyone follows the rules, laughter is better than
anger, God is in charge, and never, ever, pass up a chance to use an indoor bathroom.
Rich joined Lutheran Hour Ministries and helped develop LHM’s: Parish Media Team trainings, Living for Tomorrow campaigns, MissionU courses, and the Men’s NetWork. Rich has made presentations to
groups across the United States and Canada, leading workshops, seminars, and teachings on Evangelism
and topics for men.
Rich has been a co-host with Pastor Klaus on LHM tours to Israel and Germany. On his last trip to Germany, he lived out the adages: “expect the unexpected” and “God is in charge” as he re-enacted the nursery rhyme,“Humpty Dumpty.” He now has a new adage for travelling, “hold hands while crossing the street.”
For his 70 th birthday, Rich gave himself a present, he wrote his life’s stories and published them under
the title, Three Score and Ten: Recollections and Reflections of my Journey.