BensingerRichard B. Bensinger (Rich), Pastor

Rich was born in Gadsden, Alabama, the son of a Methodist minister serving as a circuit rider to multiple rural churches.  His father later became an US Air Force chaplain, so Rich grew up moving around the US and overseas.   Following in his father’s footsteps, Rich served for 25 years in the US Air Force.  He has lived in Japan, Germany, and Korea, as well as states ranging from California to Florida.

Rich has served in multiple military chapels and local congregations as a Lay Speaker, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Church Treasurer, Pastoral Care provider, Care Chaplain, and Church Council Chair. Prior to Arlington Street UMC, Rich served as the Director of Outreach and Missions at Londonderry UMC.  Rich received his BS from Florida State University and MS from Texas A&M University.  He is currently pursuing his MDiv with Wesley Seminary, and is pursuing candidacy as an Ordained Elder.

He is married to the former Rebecca Valerie Musgrave and has one daughter, Alison.  In his spare time, Rich is a pilot, SCUBA diver, and avid motorcyclist. They are thankful for the calling to serve Christ by serving Arlington Street United Methodist Church.

Pastor Rich can be reached at

Pastor’s Blog

Anthony Schaffer- Music Director

Tony has served ASUMC as music director since 1993, when he became just the third organist in the church’s history.  In addition to performing service music on the organ and piano, he also directs the Adult Choir and Handbell Choir.

Karen Ruwisch -Administrative Assistant.  Karen’s email is

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