Richard Flashman was raised in a Jewish family in Newton, Massachusetts. In college a young man shared the Good News about Jesus with him and challenged him to read the Hebrew prophets. After reading Isaiah 53, Rich realized that Jesus was Israel’s promised Messiah. Soon after, God called Rich to full-time ministry. After graduating from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with an M.Div. and a Th.M., Rich, with wife Michelle, and their three boys went on to pastor two EFCA churches in Connecticut for 27 years. During that time Rich completed the work for his Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Presently, Rich is the Chaplain, Director of Field Education, and an Instructor at the Charles Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies as well as the lead church planter of the only English- speaking Messianic congregation in Brooklyn, New York. Rich also leads the southern Connecticut branch of Chosen People Ministries.