Richard Showalter worked as a pastor and teacher in the United States and missionary in Kenya and the Middle East before serving as president of Rosedale Bible College (1989-1994) and as president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (1994-2011). Currently he serves as chair of the Mission Commission of Mennonite World Conference and coach for the International Missions Association, of which he is also president emeritus. Richard, who was born in Monticello, Wisconsin, completed undergraduate studies at Eastern Mennonite University and graduate studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School (MTh), Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (MDiv), Fuller School of Intercultural Studies (courses), and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (DMin). He and his wife Jewel are members of West End Mennonite Fellowship in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which is their home base while they serve in Asia. They have three adult children and ten grandchildren.