Rev. Richard (Rick) Cody grew up in Tomball, Texas, attending and graduating Tomball Lutheran School and then on to graduate from Tomball High School ('88). After graduation, he continued his education at Concordia Lutheran College, Austin, Texas, (now Concordia University-Texas), earning a B.S. in Behavioral Sciences ('92). Upon graduation from college, he attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO., earning his Master of Divinity (M.Div. '96).
While at Concordia, Austin, he met and married the love of his life, Michelle (Farley), who also attended Concordia. Michelle is a native of Texas and started her life in Amarillo, TX, Hereford, TX, and then on to Rockwall, TX, where she graduated high school ('89).
Rick and Michelle are blessed with two sons, Ryan (29) born in Austin, TX, and Cameron (22) born in Texarkana, TX. Ryan & Hanna (Ryan's wife) live and work in Joplin, MO. Ryan is in social work and Hannah works for her family's company. Rick and Michelle are proud new grandparents to a grandson, (Grayson) born to Ryan and Hannah, as of 9-3-20. Cameron works at the Carthage (MO) Golf Course Pro-shop. Cameron is engaged to be married May 1, 2021, to Kayla Portillo, of Monett, MO. He is currently living in Joplin, MO.
Pastor Cody has been privileged to serve three previous congregations during the course of his 25-year ministry. His first call out of seminary was to First Lutheran Church, Texarkana, Texas, (1996-2001) where he served as Associate Pastor for 1-year. He was then called as the Senior Pastor of First Lutheran and served in that position for the next 4-years. On July 22, 2001, he was called to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Monett, MO, where he served for 15-years. His latest call was to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rader, MO, where he served right at 2-years. He now serves happily at St. Paul since September 9, 2018, and is blessed to be serving in Wichita Falls, TX.
During Pastor Cody’s years of service, he has served several vacancies: Grace Lutheran, Aurora, MO; Trinity Lutheran, Freistatt, MO (twice); Immanuel Lutheran, Rader, MO, (until they issued a call) and Our Savior Lutheran, Buffalo, MO.
Pastor Cody has also served the church at large as a short-term LCMS missionary to Cambodia, Hong-Kong, Jiangmen, China; Shenzhen, China, and Macau, in 2013. He served as a (2004 & 2019) Delegate to the Synodical Convention in St. Louis, MO, and Tampa, FL, respectively.
He has served the Missouri District in several capacities as Chairman of the following boards: Board for Mission Services; Board for Congregational Services; North Korean Mission Task Force; and the Communications and Technology Board. He has served on the Missouri District Board of Directors on three different occasions. He was also elected at convention as Circuit Visitor. He has been nominated for the second time for Board of Regents at Concordia University Austin, for the 2019 Synodical Convention.
Pastor Cody is an avid hunter, gun enthusiast, and golfer. He and Michelle and their sons & families, love to hike and kayak. Estes Park, Colorado, is their families favorite vacation destination. Pastor and Michelle love spending time with their family whenever they can, and are extremely happy to be back in the great state of Texas after an 17-year hiatus.
May God’s guiding hand be upon us all and may all we do bring glory to Him!
Soli Deo Gloria!