Richard ("Rick") Foss came to Luther Seminary as director of the Contextual Learning in 2008. Previously, he served as bishop for the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a position he held since 1992.
Following his graduation from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. in 1966, Foss earned a Master of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary in 1971 and a Master of Theology degree from Luther Northwestern Seminary in 1984. Foss was ordained in 1971. He served congregations in Minneapolis from 1971-1977. While at those congregations, he served as interim instructor of homiletics at Luther Seminary (1976). Foss has served congregations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington. In 1995 he was named as one of three finalists for presiding bishop of the ELCA.
Foss is co-founder of Daily Bread in Fargo, N.D. and served on its board of directors (1991-2000). He was a founding advisory board member of Healthy Congregations Inc. (1997-2006), a member of the theological and ethical concerns committee, Conference of Bishops (1992-2004) and has served the governing boards of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Oak Grove Lutheran School, Fargo, N.D., and Luther Seminary.